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Upcoming Department of Theatre Arts events

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Guest Roundtable | American Rusałki

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 10:30am to 11:30am
Theatre Building
A roundtable discussion of American Rusałki: a play with music by Christopher Lysik.
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And the Past Remains

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series And the Past Remains By Poonam Dhir Directed by Johanna Kasimow An exploration of kinship, commitment and recollection. Using non-linear etches in time and a series of shared moments, the story of a family and a childhood unfolds. A dramatic event grounds this vulnerable account. Through memory, witnessing and intimate encounters, And the Past Remains explores ideas of duty, devotion and belief. Guest Roundtable to follow.
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Well Spoken

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Well Spoken By Alex Lead Directed by Søren Olsen An elderly gay moving out west rummages a nearby playground for a missing chunk of his brain. With the gate closing in two hours, he must convince the audience to watch his upcoming television show before he either loses too much blood or misses the plane. Whichever comes first. Performed by the author, Well Spoken is a meditation on the black diaspora, the queer diaspora, and ancestry. Guest Roundtable...
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The Words of Ants

Thursday, May 2, 2024 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series The Words of Ants By Xiaoyan Kang Directed by Nina Morrison The visit of an uninvited woman changes Y's life forever. As the last natural inheritor, Y embarks upon a journey to preserve an almost extinct language, but at what cost? Guest Roundtable to follow.
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Selections from the Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop

Thursday, May 2, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Selections from the Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop
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American Rusałki

Thursday, May 2, 2024 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series American Rusałki a play with music By Christopher Lysik Directed by Kayla Adams Set in 1800s, rural New England, a small town on the outskirts of a forest find themselves at the center of a storm—facing consequences from a sin that plagued the lands long ago. As several townspeople find themselves facing terrible obstacles, they will soon discover exactly what they're willing to do for those they love.
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American Rusałki

Thursday, May 2, 2024 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series American Rusałki a play with music By Christopher Lysik Directed by Kayla Adams Set in 1800s, rural New England, a small town on the outskirts of a forest find themselves at the center of a storm—facing consequences from a sin that plagued the lands long ago. As several townspeople find themselves facing terrible obstacles, they will soon discover exactly what they're willing to do for those they love.
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birdWatching

Friday, May 3, 2024 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series birdWatching By Cianon Jones A nature documentary. Guest Roundtable to follow.
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Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical

Friday, May 3, 2024 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical Book & Lyrics by K.T. Peterson Music by K.T. Peterson and Paige Scott Directed and Choreographed by Michael C. Flores Razor Creek is a rock concert in coal-mining country, Kentucky. It is 1935, and residents get on best they can; fighting the devil, cracking jokes, staying alive, but when Razor Creek experiences an out-of-the-ordinary hardship, like the disappearance of a beloved invalid woman in town...
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Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical

Friday, May 3, 2024 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Theatre Building
Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical Book & Lyrics by K.T. Peterson Music by K.T. Peterson and Paige Scott Directed and Choreographed by Michael C. Flores Razor Creek is a rock concert in coal-mining country, Kentucky. It is 1935, and residents get on best they can; fighting the devil, cracking jokes, staying alive, but when Razor Creek experiences an out-of-the-ordinary hardship, like the disappearance of a beloved invalid woman in town...