Join us as we officially open OutBack Outdoors at The District with an open-air film presentation of “Before the Shadows Flee” on Friday & Saturday, May 21 & 22, 2021.

As the inaugural partnership event presented by The District Theatre and the Ron Spencer Legacy Foundation, the screening will also celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Spencer, one of the most influential, visionary and dedicated arts leaders in Indianapolis’ history, who passed away suddenly in September 2020. Special thanks to premier sponsor WFYI and AV sponsor Zach Rosing Productions.

About “Before the Shadows Flee”

Indianapolis actor and director Ron Spencer brilliantly portrays Edwin Booth in “Before the Shadows Flee,” an emotional, thought-provoking one-man introspective on the life of one of the greatest performers to ever tread the boards. Featured as a part of a showcase of performers from across the state for the Indiana State Museum’s interpretive programs in May 2010, the original play by Hoosier playwright Rita Kohn depicts actor Edwin Booth and his life-long anguish over his brother, John Wilkes Booth, while also seeking to tell the much broader story of the elder Booth brother’s hopes and dreams as a star of American theater.

About OutBack Outdoors at The District

OutBack Outdoors at The District, a new outdoor performance space created by the District Theatre, offers safe, open-air performance experiences consistent with the mission of The District Theatre.

The District Theatre bridges the gap between audiences and performers, community and storytellers, magicians, and the house. In partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), we are committed to preserving the facilities and cultural heritage of the Massachusetts Avenue site, as well as provide the best venue for live performances in the neighborhood. For more information, please visit

About the Ron Spencer Legacy Foundation

The mission of the Ron Spencer Legacy Foundation is to honor Ron Spencer’s significant contributions to the growth of the arts in Greater Indianapolis, ensuring his legacy as a pioneer of independent theatre endures through our efforts. For more information, please visit