Companion Animals

Feb 28, 2019 to Mar 03, 2019
Madeleine George
Directed by: 
Meredith Alexander
Theatre B
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 2:00pm


Across a hundred years and three continents, three young women pursue a common goal: to save the dogs they love. In London in 1907, suffragist Lizzy is writing an incendiary pamphlet exposing the torture of a little brown dog on the vivisectionist's table at the London College of Medicine. On the outskirts of Moscow in 1957, Anya is concocting a plan to set free the scrappy strays she has rounded up to be cosmonauts in the top-secret Soviet space program. And in New York City in 2017, Kyrie is on a quest to be reunited with the service dog she trained--and lost--in prison. The powerful bond between humans and nonhuman animals becomes the fuel for liberation movements in this braided story about the interconnectedness of all beings.  

This production contains strong language and discussion of cruelty to animals.

Companion Animals is part of a rolling premier commissioned by the Big Ten Theatre Consortium.


Cast of Companion Animals.
Role Name
Kyrie Eileen Campbell
Brownie Jenna Smithson
Leisa/Sue/Kim Melissa Caminneci
A/Vernelle/Ms. Schemp/Ada Emma Bibb
B/Patsy/Ms. Ramirez/Anya Cristina Ranslem
Kitty/Katya/Kat/Sister Terry/Lizzy Olivia Schneider

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Companion Animals
Title Name
Director Meredith Alexander
Assistant Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Scenic and Lighting Designer Merric Bower
Costume Designer Savanna Genskow
Sound Designer Ryan McElroy
Dramaturg Melissa Trepa
Stage Manager Marisa Paulsen
Assistant Stage Manager Elaina Irving


Tickets for Gallery Productions are available in the Theatre lobby one hour before showtime.
Tickets are free for University of Iowa students (with a valid ID) and $5 for general admission.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.