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‘The Flick’ to bring human connection and expression to Riverside Theatre

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter November 29, 2022

In an age of digitization and inability to connect, an emotional tale about communication — and lack thereof — between people led to the creation of “The Flick.” Riverside Theatre will present...

Actors sit around a table talking about the good old days of Shakespeare during a dress rehearsal for The Book of Will at The James Theatre in Iowa City on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

‘The Book of Will’ to bring Shakespeare literature and laughs to James Theatre

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter November 16, 2022

A group of noblemen are gathered around a table in a tap house, slamming together mugs of ale and laughing in the warm candlelight as they share about and by their good friend William Shakespeare. From...

A dress rehearsal for the play Bacchae is seen the in the David Thayer Theater in the Theater Arts Building Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The play will premiere on Friday Nov. 4.

Review | “The Bacchae: A Tragedy in One Act” presents humorous and humanist adaptation of classic Greek tale

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter November 5, 2022

Glowing beneath blue light swirling with stars and moons, giggling figures flitted across the stage in front of a mountainous backdrop inlaid with cliffs and caves.  The scene greeted audiences...

Trinity Christofferson, playing the role of the Mom, takes a call while Charlie Schmelzer, playing the role of Bobby, listens at the University of Iowa Theatre Building on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2022. Contributed photo of Jordan JJ Jones of a dress rehearsal.

Review | ‘The Lazaretto’ brought thrills and chills to UI theater

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter October 16, 2022

No one knew what to expect when they took their seats in the Alan MacVey Theatre on Friday night. There was no program provided at the door, no cast list, and no precedent set by other performances....

Jessica Pray Patel sings I Dreamed a Dream during a performance of Les Mis in Concert at the Riverside Theatre on Oct. 9, 2022.

‘Les Mis in Concert’ at Riverside Theatre captured essence of Victor Hugo’s story

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter October 9, 2022

The Riverside Theatre seats filled with people conversing quietly before the varied production of “Les Miserables” on Sunday night. As attendees stepped off of the elevator and entered the space,...

John Heimbuch looks to the lighting at a rehearsal for the play BEOWULF at the James Theater in Iowa City on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. BEOWULF performs live Friday and Saturday.

Photos: BEOWULF play rehearsal at James Theater

Gabby Drees, Photo Editor September 30, 2022

The James Theater in Iowa City hosted a rehearsal of Charlie Bethel's adaptation of BEOWULF, performed by John Heimbuch, on Friday. Based on an Old English poem about monsters and a king, the theater...

John Heimbuch performs at a rehearsal for the play BEOWULF at the James Theater in Iowa City on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. BEOWULF performs live Friday and Saturday.

The James Theater to show one-man adaptation of ‘Beowulf’

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter October 2, 2022

The legend of Beowulf is over a thousand years old. It details the journey of the hero, Beowulf, who slays the monster, Grendel, at the request of the King of Danes. Beowulf then has to defeat Grendel’s...

Photo illustration by Grace Kreber.

Englert Theatre introduces Frontline Responders Fund to give 600 free tickets to healthcare workers

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter September 22, 2022

After nearly two and a half years of tirelessly fighting COVID-19, frontline responders are being met with a “thank you” from the Englert Theatre. The theater’s Frontline Responders Fund,...

The outside of the Riverside Theatre is seen at the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Riverside Theatre’s 2022-23 season holds potential for greatness

Jami Martin-Trainor, Assistant Digital Editor August 30, 2022

Riverside Theatre has garnered a reputation throughout Iowa City for putting on diverse and unique shows every season. The 2022-23 selection is no exception to this trend. From solo shows highlighting...


UI professor Megan Gogerty turns pain into joy with new Riverside Theatre production

Jami Martin-Trainor, Assistant Digital Editor August 28, 2022

Megan Gogerty, associate professor of instruction at the University of Iowa, said she has experienced a terrible year. Without going into too much detail, Gogerty said she faced difficulties in...

University of Iowa MFA candidate Ann Kreitman and creator of the podcast “I’m Writing to You Today” poses a portrait on the IMU Footbridge in Iowa City on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. The podcast takes listeners on a small journey through Iowa City, including on the footbridge, while detailing LGBTQ history.

UI MFA candidate Ann Kreitman expands the medium of theater

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter August 4, 2022

Soon after Ann Kreitman came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she happened upon a book of queer love letters. For years, Kreitman said she felt like an outcast in her identity, never seeing...

Katy Hahn, playing King Henry, performs during a dress rehearsal of Riverside Theatres “Henry V” at the Riverside Festival Stage in Lower City Park in Iowa City on Thursday, June 16, 2022. (Ayrton Breckenridge/The Daily Iowan)

Riverside Theatre brings ‘Henry V’ to Lower City Park

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter June 16, 2022

This year, Riverside Theatre is performing the show Henry V. A turbulent tale that takes a slice out of history, the performance recounts a portion of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France....

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