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Riverside Theater’s ’30 Days of Shakespeare’ video series brings theatre to social media

Riverside Theater’s ’30 Days of Shakespeare’ video series brings theatre to social media

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

April 5, 2020

While local theaters are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverside Theater has brought about an initiative to bring theater back to Iowa City in a new way with their 30 Days of Shakespeare video series, which began April 1 and will be posted every day throughout the month. Producing Artis...

UI Theatre Department introduces new performance series, Diverse Voices

UI Theatre Department introduces new performance series, Diverse Voices

Ashley Dawson, Arts Reporter

March 11, 2020

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts introduced its new series, “Diverse Voices,” with Reconciliation a reading of a play written by Turtle Mountain Ojibwe member Marisa Carr. Carr’s reading took place on Sunday, March 8 in the Alan MacVay Theatre.  The director and the chair of the department of Theatre Arts,...

Marat’s Dead to bring the story of the Reign of Terror into future America

Marat’s Dead to bring the story of the Reign of Terror into future America

Samantha Murray, Arts Reporter

March 11, 2020

The famous painting of the death of Jean-Paul Marat gets a different twist in the poster for the upcoming play Marat’s Dead. On the originally white sheet that Marat leans against, the American flag drips down in an almost impressionistic interpretation. Marat’s Dead will tell a new tale of the ...

The Iowa City Community Theater brings classic and new elements to its production of Company

The Iowa City Community Theater brings classic and new elements to its production of Company

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

March 7, 2020

After its Broadway debut 50 years ago, and days after its Broadway revival’s previews began, the Iowa City Community Theater brought the Sondheim classic to the stage on Friday night. The show will run through Sunday, March 15.  Company follows Bobby, the only unmarried or not engaged member of his friend group. Throughout...

Sarah Ruhl’s translation of Three Sisters to premiere at UI Theatre Department

Sarah Ruhl’s translation of Three Sisters to premiere at UI Theatre Department

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

March 5, 2020

Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters will premiere on the theatre’s main stage today, and run through March 14. Based on a new translation by Sarah Ruhl, this version of Three Sisters intends to create a more upbeat nature to the celebrated tale of melancholy, according to director Lila Becker. As a pl...

Photos: Three Sisters Dress Rehearsal

Photos: Three Sisters Dress Rehearsal

Hayden Froehlich, Photojournalist

March 5, 2020

The UI Department of Theatre Arts is putting on a new version of the Anton Chekhov play “Three Sisters” written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Lila Rachel Becker. The dress rehearsal was held on Wednesday, March 4th, twenty-four hours before its opening. The play follows three sisters in 1900s Russia...

Photos: Company Dress Rehearsal

Photos: Company Dress Rehearsal

Ryan Adams, Photojournalist

March 5, 2020

Company to premiere at Iowa City Community Theater

Company to premiere at Iowa City Community Theater

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

March 4, 2020

“Someone to make you come through. Who will always be there, as frightened as you of being alive.” Lyrics first heard by theater-goers in 1970 at the Alvin Theatre are coming to the Iowa City Community Theatre stage. Stephen Sondheim’s classic Company will play Friday through March 15. C...

Twelve stories, one heart: Hancher play narrates stories of 12 immigrants’ journeys to America

Twelve stories, one heart: Hancher play narrates stories of 12 immigrants’ journeys to America

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

February 27, 2020

The Actors’ Gang, a Los Angeles-based theatre company known for its contemporary pieces and unique acting techniques, returns to Hancher for the first time since 2006 to share American immigrant stories through their original play, The New Colossus. The play, which The Actors Gang will perf...

A humorous one-person show about one man’s cancer diagnosis, Stages balances tragedy and heart

A humorous one-person show about one man’s cancer diagnosis, Stages balances tragedy and heart

Pedro Barragan, Arts Reporter

February 26, 2020

David Lee Nelson was diagnosed with colon cancer when he was 38 years old. He now re-tells that story in Riverside Theater’s one-man show, Stages, which will perform Friday through March 15. The production hopes to engage audiences, especially during March, National Colorectal Awareness Month, with UI...

Palanquin gives audiences a glimpse into the reality of reality television

Palanquin gives audiences a glimpse into the reality of reality television

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

February 26, 2020

The University of Iowa’s Theatre Arts Department is bringing the reality of reality television to the stage today to March 1. Palanquin gives a glimpse into what goes on when the cameras shut off through the medium of an elimination-style reality show, which allows the audience to get a peek behind t...

Photos: Palanquin Dress Rehearsal

Photos: Palanquin Dress Rehearsal

Jenna Galligan, Photojournalist

February 26, 2020

University of Iowa students rehearsed Palanquin in the Alan McVey Theatre in the Theatre Building on Thursday. The play, written by SP O'Brien and directed by Sarah Lacy Hamilton, follows a reality TV show cast behind the scenes as the competition intensifies. The show will run from Feb. 27 through March...