Zionsville cardiologist’s play set for The Cat


For more than seven years, Dr. Louis Janeira had a driver transport him from his Zionsville home to his private practice medical group in Terre Haute.

Janeira said the drive provided three to four hours of “me time.”


“During this, I wrote and published six books, mostly medical murder mysteries, and five plays,” said Janeira, whose pen name is Dr. L. Jan Eira.

One of those plays, “Critical Recall,” a psychological thriller, will be presented by the Indiana Theatre Company at The Cat Theatre, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel, June 15 to 24.

Janeira, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist, started working in January at Franciscan Health Care System with offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville.

“Now that I work much closer, I no longer have a driver and have to find the time to write, though it is much more difficult,” he said.

Janeira said his proudest moment was when his play, “Secrets Of The Heart,” won a playwrights’ contest and appeared in Off-Off-Broadway.

A Portugal native, Janeira moved to New Jersey when he was 15. After graduating from medical school, Janeira moved to Indiana. He has lived here for 27 years.

Director Aaron Henze said the plot centers on three strangers who are locked in a room together and have to figure out what they have in common with to solve the mystery of how they ended up there.

”Since this is the first production of ‘Critical Recall,’ there is a sense of freedom but also a challenge to not having any previous versions of the show to turn to for ideas, inspiration or suggestions,” Henze said. “Fortunately, Louis Janeira has been very accessible to answer any questions that may come up as part of the research or rehearsal processes. I’m also lucky to be able to collaborate with an incredibly talented creative team, who are very receptive to any crazy ideas I might throw their way.”

ITC founders Ashton Wolf and Sandy Thorne are executive producers. Others on the team are Adam Allen, co-producer; Abigail Radwick, assistant director; Jacob Van Wassenhove; stage manager; and Joshua Weaver, set designer.

Henze said the talented cast includes Indianapolis residents Jim Banta, Kayla Lee and Craig Kemp.

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