It also marks the second time, since forming in the mid-2000s, that GSC has diverted from Shakespeare in one of its two annual productions. In spring 2011, the troupe performed Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," the play that inspired the stage and motion picture musical "My Fair Lady." It comes as the musical version - "Hello, Dolly!" - nears its 50th anniversary observance. The show opened on Broadway in 1964, and the Dolly role has been played on stage by such notable actresses as Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Martha Rae, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman, and Phyllis Diller. In the 1969 motion picture adaptation, Barbra Streisand played the Dolly role.
"The Matchmaker" will be performed at the Garfield Part Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, which is in Garfield Park. Show times and dates are 7 p.m. March 8-9 and 15-16 and 2:30 p.m. March 17. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The arts center asks people planning to attend to call the venue ahead of time, during normal business hours, to secure seating. The center's phone number is 327-7135. Its hours of operation are 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.