Friday, August 29, 2014

City Circle New Play Festival & Catching the Babies

Coralville - Two upcoming productions at the CCPA:

Red Opens Sept 5

Iowa City – Riverside Theatre opens the season with John Logan’s Red, the electrifying play about American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko; winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play. Directed by Sam Osheroff. Featuring Jim Van Valen (A Steady Rain) and Christopher Peltier (Hamlet).

Shows run Thursday – Sunday, September 5 – 28, 2014. Tickets: Adults, $28-30; Youth, $18, Student Rush, $20. Details at, or by phone at 319-338-7672. Riverside Theatre is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

WCP's "Pitch a Play" Workshop

Waterloo – Have you ever wanted to tell a theatre group what plays they should be doing? Well, here’s your chance. The Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre is inviting community members to come pitch a play to artistic directors, Matthew R. Kerns and Anita Ross and executive director Constance Grimm. This is an additional part of the revised program planning using a more transparent and dynamic process. Come share your voice!

Coe's 2014-15 Season

Cedar Rapids - The Coe College 2014-15 theatre season includes themes from today's headlines, as well as comedy and romance. It is a mix of the modern and the classic, including a contemporary play that investigates violence in our schools, an adaptation of a 17th-centure French comedy, and a romantic comedy based on a timeless novel. All three main stage productions will feature all-student casts.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Submissions for Walking the Wire: Classified

Iowa City - Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire. This annual celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and emerging playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is: Classified. Submissions must be emailed as a Word document and dated by midnight CST September 15, 2014; final selections will be announced on Riverside Theatre’s website ( on November 3, 2014. The monologues will be performed March 6-15, 2015 at Riverside Theatre.

Auditions for Schoolhouse Rock

Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre announces AUDITIONS for Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Sunday, September 7 and Monday, September 8 at 7 PM in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center, 221 East First St., Mt. Vernon.

Parts for adults and high school students. No need to prepare anything for auditions--just come willing to read, sing, move and have fun!

Production dates are October 17, 18 and 19. Call Braden Rood at 319-654-1016 with questions or email

Source: MVLCT

WCP Announces Change of Season

Waterloo -Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children’s Theatre is excited to announce two programming changes approved by the Board of Directors this week. First, the Playhouse will present the premiere of Frost/Nixon by playwright Peter Morgan as a substitute in the planned WCP 2014-15 season. Second, the revised process for planning the upcoming season provides an open invitation for community participation. The 2015-16 WCP/BHCT season will be created utilizing the active involvement of community members during a series of three workshops in August.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Much Ado About This

By Meghan D'Souza
Photo by Len Struttman

Hannah Spina, Rachel Korach Howell, and Genevieve Heinrich
Iowa City - With the end of summer nearing, I've found myself looking for more reasons to spend the evenings outside. Those final hours of a summer night, when the sweet-scented humid air cools down as the sun kisses the horizon goodnight has always been a favorite of mine. Toss in a picnic and a beautifully executed classic play performed under the umbrella of aging trees, and I'm in heaven. Fourth Room Theatre offered such an experience with their performance of Much Ado About Nothing on the lawn of a gorgeous brick home, the front porch serving as the backdrop to the play.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hair Opens August 1

The Cast of Hair. Photo by IC Pixx.
Coralville - City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Hair August 1-3 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are August 1 and 2 at 7:30 pm and August 2 and 3 at 2:00 pm.

Hair arose from the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s. It debuted on Broadway in 1968 and had a long and successful run, despite its controversial themes. The book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni don’t shy away from politics, drug use, sexuality or racism. Many songs from the musical (music by Galt MacDermot), including “Aquarius,” and “Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” became popular anthems of the protest movement against the Vietnam War.

This version of this classic show is directed by John Cameron of the University of Iowa’s Theatre Arts Department. Cameron has expressed his conviction that Hair not be treated as a cute and charming period piece, but rather a celebration of a time when a generation of young people took a stand for peace and freedom and affected real change in America. Such sentiments certainly remain appealing today. Because of language and adult themes, this production is considered rated PG-13.

Hair features fourteen local actors, some of whom have been seen in previous City Circle productions including West Side Story, Shrek, Rent, and this summer’s hit The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

The musical runs one weekend only, August 1, 2 & 3. Tickets cost $12-27 and are available at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts box office, 1301 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241; by phone at (319) 248-9370 or online at Groups of ten or more receive a 15% discount on tickets. To arrange a group purchase, call (319) 248-9370.

Source: City Circle Press Release

Much Ado About Nothing Opens August 15

The Cast of Much Ado About Nothing
photo by Len Struttman
Iowa City - Fourth Room Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, at 901 Melrose Avenue, a beautiful, secluded outdoor space near Kinnick Stadium, on August 15-17 (Fri-Sun) & 21-23 (Thu-Sat) at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are FREE. Fourth Room Theatre requests you make a reservation by calling or texting 319-214-3375 or emailing with your name, preferred date, the number in your group, and number of vehicles in your party.