It’s the holly jolliest time of the year as the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre and the Indianapolis Public Library present Season’s Readings, a ten-book children’s storytelling series that highlights a diversity of families, cultures and celebrations. 

The series, created by Phoenix Theatre's Bob Lehman, premieres on Thanksgiving week, November 23 featuring one of Indy’s favorite actors, Jolene Mentink Moffatt, reading Over the River & Through the Wood by Linda Ashman about how all shapes and sizes of families come together to celebrate the holidays. Upcoming books showcase Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and LGBTQ-inclusive themes, in addition to kid-favorite holiday characters and wonderfully wintry, snowy days. 

“As we conclude what most of us would describe as a tumultuous and trying year, bringing artists and audiences together to celebrate illustrated children’s books seems like a lovely way to bring us a little closer together as we head into 2021,” said Bill Simmons, artistic director of the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre who will also perform Twas the Night Before Christmas. “Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll not want to miss these fun, one-of-a-kind performances by some of Indy’s most amazing actors.”

About Us

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- Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre -

The Phoenix Theatre ( is a professional, Equity theatre in Indianapolis producing contemporary, issue-oriented plays.  Performances are year-round from its two stages at the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre:  the mainstage Livia and Steve Russell Theatre and the cabaret-style Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre. The Phoenix serves as a catalyst in the Indianapolis region to help nurture new talent, showcase diverse voices, and engage audiences with unique, contemporary productions.  Its mission includes growing the community’s reputation as an arts destination and serving as a hub to showcase local artists, host events, and help its neighborhood thrive

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- Indianapolis Public Library -

The Indianapolis Public Library ( is the center of knowledge, community life, and innovation for residents of Indianapolis, Lawrence, Beech Grove, and Marion County, Indiana. Operating in 23 locations along with a Bookmobile and circulating over 14 million items annually, the Library provides materials, programs and services in support of lifelong learning for residents of all ages and backgrounds.