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About Theatre on the Square (TOTS)

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Theatre on the Square, or “TOTS,” was the brain child of visionary Ron Spencer, operating first in Fountain Square (hence the name) in 1988 and moving to its final home on Massachusetts Avenue in 1993. Although a desolate spot at that time, the vision of “Mass Ave” as a theater district has become reality, thanks in large part to the efforts of pioneers like Ron.

Over its nearly 30 years in existence, TOTS played home to more than 250 theatre productions, some of which were world premier performances. TOTS focused on unique and original theatre, producing shows that oftentimes went against the mainstream. Ron fearlessly fought through his shows to bring light to marginalized LGBTQIA+ populations, hosting many inclusive and edge-defying works, standing strong in the face of a community not always prepared to honestly and openly address these important, inclusive topics.

TOTS Historical Committee

Part of our mission as an organization is compiling, preserving and sharing a comprehensive compendium of the shows performed at TOTS since its inception in 1988, a historical record which was in very real danger of being lost! We are proud to be able to share the results with all of you, ensuring the stories are told and the impact Ron had on Indianapolis theater is never forgotten.

Looking for More Detail?

We are in the process of building TOTS Connect, which will feature actors, crew members, programs, images, reviews and anything else we can get our hand on! We hope to set up a streaming service so videos will also be available to TOTS Connect members. Stay tuned for more details! 

 Want to Submit Your Content?

Do you have programs, photos, reviews and more from your TOTS days? You can submit these to us right here! You’ll be able to upload right here using our simple submission form:

TOTS Show History

Our volunteers are adding shows to the database – stay tuned for more updated information!