HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING by Amanda Keating. Illustration of Theatre Building.


Nov 05, 2021 to Nov 07, 2021
Amanda Keating
David Thayer Theatre
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 8:00pm
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 8:00pm
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 2:00pm


The Hilltown Community Choir is back, and they’re preparing for their first concert in months (years? years). Everything has changed and nothing has changed as these old friends (friends? friends) return to the old place where they used to sing but with new songs that are harder than anyone thought they’d be. Joined by newcomer Henry, and cheered on by their single audience member Jan, the HCC want to find themselves in music again, but find something perhaps more difficult and more beautiful than they expected. HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING is a story about survival in the face of unspeakable strangeness, and the need to sing together, even when it might be impossible.

This production includes discussion of loss, suicide, end of life care, addiction, and recovery.

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.


Role Name
Jan Mike Torkelson
Gayle Mary Denmead
Craig M.L. Roberts
Ken Kolton Stremler*
Henry Derek Donnellan*
Jannie Valerie Davine
Meg Jessie Shaw*

Creative Team

Title Name
Playwright Amanda Keating
Director Sarah Gazdowicz
Dramaturg Rob Ascher
Costume Designer Jill Klinkefus*
Lighting Designer Jackson Kopesky*
Music Director & Composer Jeremy Geragotelis
Stage Manager Hadeel Alaithan*
Assistant Director/Dramaturg Meg Mechelke*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


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Tickets are free for University of Iowa students (with a valid ID) and $5 for general admission.

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