TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A brand-new local company is ready for the curtain to rise.
Theater 7, is the Wabash Valley’s newest arts organization. Theater 7 is a year-round professional theater company that’s dedicated to entertain, enlighten and inspire audiences.
Dreams are playing out on center stage for Jeff Lorick and Arthur Feinsod. Two men who decided to take their passions and turn them into a company that welcomes all.
“It can be life changing, life affirming and that’s what theater did for me,” said Lorick.
Lorick and Feinsod are the Co-Founders of Theater 7. It’s been a project months in the making.
“Well, there’s 7 principals, let’s call it Theater 7.”
The Indiana Theater will be the home for Theater 7. The historic stage, playing a big role for the future of the company.
Feinsod added, “We want to have a simple stage. Powerful, impactful, simple stage.”
As performers take the stage, they’ll play out stories that will open up conversations. Feinsod said, “We’re talking about focusing on the content of the plays and the characters so it can reach out to the audience. They can see their lives, their aspirations on the stage. A full interaction without distractions.”
All of the plays relating to the 7 principals. Commitment to new work, types of content, service, professional theater, simplified stages and criteria for core membership to maintain a quality professional theater.
But most importantly, “We are about diversity, we’re starting with that. First, front and center,” said Feinsod.
Showing it doesn’t matter where you come from. “We’re going to have touring works, which is why we’re going into our community centers and our middle schools to put on works to expose this venue of art to the masses,” said Lorick.
As long as you have the creativity and passion for storytelling.
“To see them really embrace the characters and the work and have the same passion that I have from the work,” said Lorick.
And that’s the goal of Theater 7, giving the actors and the audience a main stage to express 7 new reasons to be interested in theater. “To challenge the mind and inspire the spirit,” said Feinsod.
As mentioned, Theater 7 strives to support community service. One dollar of every ticket sold for a main stage production will be donated to a local charity.
Two productions in 2016-2017 will support the Theater 7 mission. A play directed by Artistic Director Jeff Lorick that celebrates the work of Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes were Watching God will open February 17th and will also be presented February 18, 19, 24, and 25.
Arthur Miller’s masterpiece Death of a Salesman, directed by Arthur Feinsod will open June 2nd and will also be presented June 3, 4, 9 and 10.
Here is the Universe is the third production, one that tours institutions around the community. It’s a collection of poems by Vigo County Middle School students on the theme of belonging and not belonging. That play will be co-sponsored by the Indiana State Bayh School of Education.
Theater 7’s core membership includes 14 Wabash Valley-based theater artists and technicians.