By Sammy Bredar
Hyperion Players Executive Art Director Ian Hauer wanted to choose a fall play that would appeal to a wide audience.
Hauer will direct Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” a romantic comedy, which runs Oct. 6-8 at the Switch Theater, 10029 E. 126th St., Fishers.
This is the second play for the new East Hamilton County Community Theater and the first of its 2022-23 season. The non-profit organization previously owned “The Glass Menagerie” in February.
“We’re still a very young theater, so producing a few proven scripts that people recognize works to our advantage,” said Hauer, a Noblesville resident who is co-founder of The Hyperion Players. “Also, since our goal is to provide a bit of everything in our rosters, we think ‘Barefoot’ is a great start to a varied season.”
McCordsville resident Anna Himes, who stars as Corie Bratter, is thrilled to be a part of The Hyperion Players.
“I believe in the people who started this business,” Himes said. “Having met everyone who works for this nonprofit, I believe they are all dedicated to bringing acting as an art form to the community.”
While acting is fun for Himes, she said acting is so much more than that.
“It’s also just having a certain level of reverence for storytelling,” Himes said.
Hauer is confident that the Hyperion Players will be a cultural asset to the community.
“It gives us more to do on a Friday night than just staying and watching Netflix,” Hauer said. “Film and TV are great, and I’m grateful for other performing (and visual) arts, but I love that moment when the house lights go down, the stage lights come on and the public is starting to share that one-night-only experience.”
Most Hyperion Players shows will have auditions open to the public.
“Hearing information can be found on our website and updates are posted on our social media channels,” Hauer said.
Other performers are Zach Catlin, Indianapolis; Veronique Duprey, Zionsville; Brad Staggs, Indianapolis; and Nathaniel Taff, Noblesville.
Hauer directs the other shows this season, including Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” and an original story called “Call Me Sister.”
To learn more, visit hyperionplayers.com.