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John Orlet (right) and Ben Heirigs (left) act out an interlude in their play “Sawdust” on November 17th, 2021. The play is written by Val Timke and co-directed by Katie Redden and Kiley Rowe will premiere Friday, November 19th, at 8:00PM.

Final undergraduate workshop production of fall semester inspires new perspective of biblical history

Cassandra Parsons, Arts Reporter November 18, 2021

For the Theatre Department’s final workshop production of the semester, undergraduate playwright Val Timke will take audiences in the Theatre Building’s Alan MacVey Theatre back to biblical times. The...

Actors perform during a rehearsal of the play “Smile Medicine” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. The play is written by Dakota Parobek.

UI grad written play Smile Medicine coming to E.C. Mabie stage

Cassandra Parsons, Arts Reporter November 11, 2021

Smile Medicine will take the E.C. Mabie Theatre stage for the first time this Friday at 8 p.m., with performances through the weekend and into next week. Smile Medicine follows the character of...

Photo of Thayer Theatre, where the UI Department of Theatre Arts has blocked out spaces for social distancing in movement classes.

UI Theatre will bring audiences back together in ‘HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING’

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter November 3, 2021

As in-person events make a comeback into daily life, so does the realization of what it means to be together. UI Theatre’s newest gallery production will feature relatable themes surrounding a return...

A poster for the Grand Inquisitor is seen before the show at the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City Saturday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Riverside Theatre presents ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ in Main Library exhibit

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter October 24, 2021

The traditional theater experience is stripped away in Riverside Theatre’s production of The Grand Inquisitor. After opening last weekend and finishing out performances this upcoming weekend,...

Old radio illustration on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (Jeff Sigmund/Daily Iowan)

Vintage Hitchcock: Iowa City Community Theater presents radioplay based on Hitchcock films

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter October 21, 2021

Based on the films of infamous English director Alfred Hitchcock, Iowa City Community Theater will present the only radioplay of its 2021 season — Vintage Hitchcock. The program is a 1940s-style...

Hit musical ‘Waitress’ to bring slice of Broadway to Hancher

Hit musical ‘Waitress’ to bring slice of Broadway to Hancher

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter October 19, 2021

Hundreds of viewers of Waitress at Hancher Auditorium this weekend will be greeted by the warm smell of baking pies, and some may even leave the theater with a fresh pie. The hit Broadway musical is...

University of Iowa student Brian Niles practices during a Queer Horror Festival rehearsal at the MacVey Theatre at the University of Iowa on Wednesday Oct. 13, 2021.

UI Theatre celebrate LGBTQ+ identities with Queer Horror Festival

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter October 13, 2021

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present its first Queer Horror Festival this weekend — a production showcasing five short theatrical pieces written and directed entirely by LGBTQ+...

Perform Our Lady of 121st St. at the dress rehearsal in the University of Iowa Theatre Building on Oct. 5, 2021. Our Lady of 121st St. is a dark comedy play centralized around old friends reuniting.

UI Theatre’s mainstage season to open with Our Lady of 121st Street

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter October 6, 2021

After 18 months unable to hold fully in-person mainstage performances, E.C. Mabie Theatre is opening doors to an audience eager to see live theater again — this time with the play, Our Lady of 121st...

Willow Creek Theater Co. presented Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Regen Kuker. This play was preformed on Thursday the 9th through Sunday the 12th. The play follows a young woman Tilly who seems to attract everyone she meets until her melancholy goes away and her connections change.

Willow Creek Theatre Company holds ‘Melancholy Play’

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter September 12, 2021

It was a quiet Thursday night at the theatre. The dim lighting and pre-show soundtrack of Taylor Swift gave a whimsical feel to what was yet to come. Right before the beginning of the show a cellist,...

King Leontes, played by Martin Andrews, acts out a scene from the play “The Winters Tale” on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The Shakespeare play was put on by Riverside Theatre.

Riverside Theatre performs Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Maddie Johnston, Arts Editor July 26, 2021

Sunday evening in City Park was a merry and warm one, as groups of Iowa City denizens gathered at Riverside Theatre’s festival stage and its surrounding lawn to catch Riverside’s final performance...

Photo of Olivia Clement. Contributed.

Playwrights virtually return to the New Play Festival following its cancellation last year

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter April 29, 2021

This year, the Theatre Department is virtually hosting the annual New Play Festival, which allows graduate playwrights to present their work and get feedback from professionals. The event was canceled...

Actors Sophia Kilburg and Danika Werner act as Dust Bunny 1 & 2 respectively in this scene during the dress rehearsal for Foreclosure on April 14th at the University of Iowa theater building. Foreclosure is a dark comedy about home, hauntings, and grief.
The play will be virtual and performed on the University of Iowa Theatre Arts Youtube channel at 8:00 PM on April 24th, 2021 and will be available to watch until May 20th, 2021

UI workshop production ‘foreclosure’ navigates grief and loss

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter April 22, 2021

During the spring semester of 2020, Jivani Rodriguez took a playwriting workshop. She had the floor plan of a house and images for scenes swirling in her mind, but she didn’t know how they would...

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