Friday, March 6, 2015

4th Room Offers Shakespeare Workshop

Coralville - Fourth Room Theatre is pleased to announce a workshop for youth aged 15-21, to be held March 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. in the Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library. Led by local theatre educator James E. Trainor III, this class will explore the text and performance of Shakespeare for young actors. Students will analyze and perform scenes, gaining a deeper understanding of the language and imagery. This workshop is offered FREE to the public. Space is limited, so please register via email to

Workshop leader James E. Trainor III has been teaching theatre to young actors since 2006. He has a Bachelor of Special Studies in Playwriting from Cornell College. He helped develop the Just Right for Me program at TCR, which is designed specifically for actors on the autism spectrum. During the week he works as a Special Education Associate for the Iowa City Community School District. He will be assisted by Rachel Korach Howell, Fourth Room founding member and director of this summer's Free Classics production.

WHAT: Youth Shakespeare Workshop
WHEN: March 21, 2014, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: Coralville Public Library

Dreamwell Announces Cast of Death of a Salesman

Iowa City - Dreamwell Theatre has announced the cast of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, directed by David Pierce.

Willy - Rip Russell
Linda - Krista Neumann
Biff - Matthew Falduto
Happy - Brad Quinn
Charley - Duane Larson
Bernard - Ryan Morrow
Ben - Brian Tanner
The Woman - Mary Haaf-Wedemeyer
Howard - Zachary Begley
Jenny - Valerie Davine Bills
Stanley - Derek Johnson
Miss Forsythe - Erin Mills
Letta - Heather Johnson

Performances will be May 1st and 2nd at the First Street Community Center in Mt. Vernon and May 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th at the Iowa Children's Museum in the Coral Ridge Mall. Order your tickets here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Romance/Romance Replaces Man Who Came to Dinner

Iowa City - The Iowa City Community Theatre has canceled its upcoming production of The Man Who Came to Dinner and replaced it with the musical Romance/Romance. President Kehry Lane stated in an email to those that auditioned for Dinner that they simply didn't have enough actors audition to complete the cast. The play requires around 30 people; less than 20 auditioned. 

Dinner was scheduled to open April 17 but Romance/Romance will open a week later on April 24. Joe Wise, who had been scheduled to direct Dinner, decided to bow out after they realized they would have to change the show. ICCT Board Member Jaret Morlan will direct Romance/Romance, which only requires four actors. Auditions for Romance/Romance were completed last night so a cast announcement should be coming in the near future.

Theatre Workshop Offered over Spring Break

Just saw this on Facebook and thought I should share... 

Spend Spring Break creating theater
Sponsored by Patrick DuLaney and Chris Okiishi
When: Monday - Friday, March 16-20, Noon- 4 pm
Where: The Nolte Academy, 1619 2nd Street, Coralville
How Much: Pay what you can! Open to all! (Suggested fee $50.00 to help cover transportation cost)
Age range: 14 - 22

Reserve your place NOW—contact 602-369-0588

Footliters Announces Summer Musical

Coralville - This year's Young Footliters summer musical is Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.

Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold onto your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic tale.

Save the date for auditions, May 8 and 9. Performances are July 24-26. (Note that final performance dates/times are to be determined due to RAGBRAI's July 24 Coralville stop). More information on age range and audition details coming soon.

American Actors are Lazy?

I thought this was an interesting point of view so I'm sharing with all of you in case you'd like to offer an opinion on this.

Link to A Crisis in American Acting

His point is basically American actors don't train - they just head to New York or California looking to become famous. I do not work in the professional realm of acting so I cannot really speak to this, but I know there are readers of this blog who have worked or are working professionally so I'd be interested to hear what you have to say in the comments. 

ICCT announces 60th Season

The ICCT press release...

Iowa City - The Iowa City Community Theatre is so excited to announce the shows for our landmark, 60th Anniversary Season. To celebrate these 60 years of ICCT, each show represents one of the six decades, from the 1950s-2000s. We are so proud of our role in the artistic community. Stay tuned for audition info and FlexPass information!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Do We Need In-Yer-Face Theatre?

by Matthew Falduto

(This is the first in an ongoing series of short pieces about theatre. The intent is to spark conversation, so please feel free to write a comment if you'd like. If you have a theatre topic you'd like to write about, email with your idea.)

A production of Blasted by Sarah Kane
In the 1990s, a group of playwrights started a revolution in the British theatre world with plays that challenged audiences, attacking the senses in provocative ways. One of their plays was called a  "disgusting feast of filth" and another was labeled "gratuitously nasty, brutish." After viewing one of these plays, a critic asked, "Should this sick play have been presented at all?" This movement became known as In-Yer-Face Theatre. In-Yer-Face Theatre was all about being confrontational, attacking the cultural norms, particularly those relating to sex and violence. The plays didn't allow the audience to remain detached from the action. Rather, audiences were forced to experience the pain, and oftentimes the degradation of the characters. It wasn't comfortable to watch these plays. Nudity, filthy language, humiliating violence, simulated sex acts on stage... the point was to make the audience squirm. To challenge them. To go on the attack. To be in their faces.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Man Who Came to Dinner runs one weekend only!

Amanda Bishop, Paul Freese and Duane Larson
Mount Vernon - The Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre will present The Man Who Came to Dinner, March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30 PM and March 8 at 2 PM in the First Street Community Building Uptown Theatre, 221 1st Street E., Mt. Vernon. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

MVLCT Theatre Board President Amy White says, "This show features the largest set and one of the largest casts we have ever worked with in our Uptown Theatre space. The fast paced comedy of the 1930s script and the comings and goings of so many characters is a wonderful diversion for a winter evening or afternoon."

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Walking the Wire opens March 6

Felipe Carrasco in WTW: Classified
Iowa City – For the past fifteen years, Riverside Theatre has offered an evening of original monologues called Walking the Wire, often centered around a theme. Past themes included Food!, Holiday, OMG and TMI. The festival has offered local and national writers a chance to see their work performed on a professional stage.

This year, Riverside encourages us to slip on our dark glasses and join them for an evening of monologues that have a little mystery, a dash of intrigue, and a few big secrets because this year’s theme is Classified.

Audiences will ride on the bus to Omaha as an aspiring comedian travels to meet his birth mother; meet General Custer…the horse; sneak through the doggie door in a pretty neighbor’s house; cuddle a school’s Valentine bunny, Dr. Dre…and more! WTW return performers include Jessica Wilson, Janet Schlapkohl, Ron Clark, and Chris Okiishi.  Also onstage this year: Debo Balogun, Mary Bryant, Felipe Carrasco, Cory Johnson, and Andrew Mehegan. WTW lighting and sound design is by Drew Bielinski. 

Walking the Wire: Classified runs Thursday-Sunday, March 6-15, 2015. Thurs-Sat shows at 7:30pm; Sun shows at 2:00pm. Tickets can be ordered here.