Cardinal Stage Company is proud to present The Birthday Feast in collaboration with the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Themester: Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science.  Themester Info ►

To accompany the production and enhance the meanings teachers and students find in it, we will be assembling  a comprehensive web-based student Study Guide to the play loaded with articles, slideshows, bibliographies and webographies.

The Birthday Feast marks our sixth year participating in the College’s campus-wide Themester initiative. Previous collaborations include:

  • Lord of the Flies – Themester 2013: Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World
  • To Kill A Mockingbird– Themester 2012: Good Behavior, Bad Behavior
  • All My Sons – Themester 2011: Making War, Making Peace
  • The Grapes of Wrath – Themester 2010: Sustain*ability
  • Inherit the Wind – Themester 2009: Evolution, Diversity, Change
Each production was accompanied by an extensive Student Study Guide, workshops and public talkbacks with artists and experts. Programming has featured special collaborations with The Monroe County History Center, the Stone Age Institute, The Monroe County Public Library, Wonderlab, the IU Art Museum, and faculty from various departments from around the university campus.

Themester productions feature special student matinee performances; teachers who are interested in bringing their classes to the show should contact Heidi Harmon at

Educators who would like to know more about Cardinal’s educational outreach should contact Ellen MacKay at


Danny Goldring, I. James Torrey, McCarry Reynolds, Patrick Reutschlin, Mike Brewington and Tomas Thompson in “Inherit the Wind”


Diane Kondrat (Ma Joad) and Dan Waller (Tom Joad) in “Grapes of Wrath”

Mike Price (Jim Casey) and Dan Waller (Tom Joad) in “Grapes of Wrath”