Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dreamwell's Night of Stars

Iowa City - Dreamwell is proud to announce it's first ever awards ceremony, Dreamwell's Night of Stars. Actors, directors and tech people from our 2013-2014 will be nominated for awards in various categories including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Show and more! Using a panel of judges and your online votes, we will honor some of the outstanding people and performances from the past season. In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be entertainment, wine and hors d'oeuvres. More details on our nominees and voting process to come soon.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Megan Gogerty & Friends

Megan Gogerty
Iowa City – Megan Gogerty & Friends, a one-night-only stand-up comedy event at Riverside Theatre will feature local actor and comedian Megan Gogerty and Irish comic Colin Ryan on Saturday, April 26 at 7:30PM. The evening will have a laid back club-feel with an opportunity to grab drinks between sets. Tickets are $25 youth, $15 youth. Details at riversidetheatre.org or 319-338-7672.

DeVita to Perform In Acting Shakespeare at Coe

Jim DeVita. Photo by
Zane Williams.
Cedar Rapids - Accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita will bring new life to Sir Ian McKellen’s play “Acting Shakespeare” in a Coe College Marquis Series performance on Wednesday, April 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Seating is available by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Twenty-three years after seeing McKellen's play, DeVita was inspired to adapt it for his own performance, entitled In Acting Shakespeare. It took him two years of research and revisions and 14 drafts to finally complete his rendition. While some of the original writings of McKellen are retained, DeVita's creation emphasizes a more intimate story of one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare. DeVita has more than 25 years of experience in American Theater, and currently writes and adapts plays for children and young adults.

Theatre Cedar Rapids Accepting Submissions for 2014 Underground New Play Festival

Cedar Rapids - Continuing an annual tradition, TCR will hold the Underground New Play Festival during the fall of 2014. The Festival is currently accepting submissions of new plays written by playwrights residing in Iowa, or who have strong Iowa connections. TCR is looking for a wide variety of original plays which have never been produced or published.

Submissions can be ten-minute pieces, one-acts, or full-length plays. We welcome a wide variety of genres, from comedies to dramas to musicals, and pieces can appeal to a family audience, a strictly adult audience, or may be pieces geared specifically to a child audience.

Both established and experienced playwrights, as well as those new to the craft, are welcome to submit work.

Call for Singers for The Machine Stops

Iowa City - A staged reading of The Machine Stops, a new guitar opera, will be performed Tuesday evening, June 17, sponsored by the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The opera has 6 roles: one female and one male lead, and four smaller roles.

Auditions for Edwin Drood

Coralville - Auditions for City Circle's annual teen production The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be held April 12 from 10am to 5pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. More information here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adult Auditions for The Sound of Music

Cedar Falls - "Oster Regent Theatre is holding adult auditions for its upcoming production of The Sound of Music

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Jesus Is Cool: Strong on Style, Short on Storytelling

By James E. Trainor III
Photos by Jackie Jensen at ICPixx

Coralville - Near the end of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas sings: "If you'd come today, you would have reached a whole nation, Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication." For City Circle's production, director Elizabeth Tracey takes this quote as her jumping-off point. What we see is a Superstar that is unapologetically modern: excited young people swarming Jesus snapping pictures, police in full riot gear, Caiaphas and his smarmy cronies in business meetings. The result is a concept which, while faithfully executed by cast and crew, fits the text like a second-hand suit, landing solidly in places, but hanging loose and awkwardly in others.

The cast is great. Rob Merrit's Judas is heartfelt and well thought-out, he has endless energy, and plays well with the score. Esack Grueskin's Jesus is quite charismatic, with a very soulful voice, and he holds forth with a surprising subtle wisdom when correcting his followers. Hannah Loeb has a wonderful voice, and her Mary carries the emotional scenes with tension and grace. The ensemble holds solid throughout the piece, working well with each other and finding lots of effective little moments.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Preview for Jesus Christ Superstar

Coralville - City Circle has released a promo video for its upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opens April 4. Check it out!

Tales from the Writer's Room: Dessert

Cedar Rapids - "Yummmm. Dessert!

Three Special Guests come to play with our food for this weekend’s show and one of them might just do some live art!

Join us this weekend, April 4th and 5th, as Mel Andringa, Meg Merckens and Chris Okishi help create mayhem and magic among the regular cast of characters.

Musical Guests include Matt Brooks, Greg Kanz, Dave Ollinger and will feature our own fabulous Janelle Lauer!