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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...

The Riverside Theatre is seen on Sunday, April 26, 2020 (Jake Maish/The Daily Iowan)

Riverside Theatre’s old space finds new owners

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter April 20, 2021

Last May, Riverside Theatre announced it would leave its home at 213 N. Gilbert St. in the northside neighborhood of Iowa City, after nearly three decades at the location. Now, the space has a new...

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Riverside’s latest production brings life to play about death

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter April 18, 2021

This weekend, Riverside Theatre took viewers on a journey to another world with the premiere of Sonnets for an Old Century. The show’s near two-hour runtime consists of back-to-back monologues,...

Doctor Faustus played by Elinor Levin. The play was put on by Iowa City Community Theatre over zoom on Friday, April 9,2021.

Iowa City Community Theatre dazzles with impressive live virtual presentation of ‘Doctor Faustus’

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter April 11, 2021

Intricate digital backgrounds, comically exaggerated costumes, and energized performances — Iowa City Community Theatre’s live virtual performance of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus was...

New rules, new sets: Riverside produces a virtual show within a green screen world

New rules, new sets: Riverside produces a virtual show within a green screen world

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter April 7, 2021

Riverside’s newest virtual play, Sonnets for an Old Century, was filmed using a green screen to make an ambitious set design a reality. After seeing the sci-fi-esque final product, one may be surprised...

Three plays are the charm: City Circle to virtually present three original comedies in ‘Acting Out While Staying In’

Three plays are the charm: City Circle to virtually present three original comedies in ‘Acting Out While Staying In’

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter April 6, 2021

City Circle Theatre Company’s latest show, titled Acting Out While Staying In, aims to provide levity by not shying away from the reality of the pandemic. Each of the three original plays, all...

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Riverside Theatre to celebrate Shakespeare’s birth month with ‘The Sonnet Project’

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter April 1, 2021

In April of 1564, William Shakespeare was born. To celebrate the birthday of one of the theater's most popular playwrights, Riverside Theatre, in cooperation with other Iowa City arts organizations,...

A cast sheet for the University of Iowa Theatre Department’s Just For Fun Comedy show is seen on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.

Six student comedians featured in upcoming Theatre Department comedy show

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter March 31, 2021

Watching comedians like Kate McKinnon, John Mulaney and Carol Burnett inspired theater arts senior Olivia Williams to enroll in a stand-up comedy practicum with Theatre Department Lecturer Megan Gogerty...

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UI Theatre Department’s ‘Borderless’ presents audio experience that uplifts LGBTQ+ history

Maddie Johnston, Arts Reporter March 31, 2021

As long as film, television, and theater have prevailed, queer voices have been repressed. When queerness is present in these media, the uniting force between gay characters has historically been suffering,...

Raven, played by Emma Kohlenberg, watches as Poe, played by Ellie Turk, looks out the window during the “Sirens of the Field” dress rehearsal in Thayer Theatre in the Theatre Building on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. “Sirens of the Field” is a student written and directed play; written/co-directed by Brett Stone, and co-directed by Jivani Rodriguez. There will be a virtual performance of “Sirens of the Field” on Saturday, March 27, at 8:00pm.

Identity, grief, and self-discovery at the heart of upcoming UI play, ‘Sirens of the Field’

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter March 25, 2021

UI student Brett Stone was sitting in their childhood bedroom in Ames, Iowa, overlooking the highway, when they first compared the sound of cars driving by to the song of the Sirens from Greek mythology....

A row of hats is seen in the University of Iowa Costume Shop in the Old Museum of Art on Thursday, January 7th, 2021. Because of pandemic regulations,

Stitch by stitch: costuming ‘The People Before the Park’

Josie Fischels and Parker Jones March 14, 2021

Beginning next weekend, University of Iowa actors will dress in corsets, suspenders, and petticoats for the Theatre Department’s spring mainstage production, The People Before the Park. For many...

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