Journey to the Lovely Empire by Ryan Currie. Illustration of Theatre Building.

Journey to the Lovely Empire

Sep 23, 2022 to Sep 24, 2022
Ryan Currie
Directed by: 
James Gulden
Alan MacVey Theatre, Theatre Building
Friday, September 23, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 8:00pm


When the evil Queen of Love, Amor, steals Hook's brother, Romp, away to be her betrothed, the under-experienced and uncertain boy embarks on a quest across dangerous lands to stop the wedding and rescue his brother. Along the way he meets the Northerner, Collon, who has a vision of his own quest and joins Hook. Their quest will yield revelations for the boys, as well as the world around them, but will it be enough to end the evil Queen's reign?

This show contains themes of danger, death, and violence. A prop resembling a firearm is present but not fired.

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.


Cast of Journey to the Lovely Empire
Role Name
Hook Logan Croll*
Romp Jakob DeLong*
Nona Alice Webster*
Collon Joseph Goltl*
Queen Amor Bella Hohenadel*
Bise Charlotte Brookins*
Lonely Murderer Catie Rios*
Sesbra/Mantis/Lion Andrew Lindsay*
Guard 1 Annabelle Soderberg*
Guard 2 Sabrina Vlk*
Guard 3 Renee Calhoun*

Creative Team

Journey to the Lovely Empire creative team
Title Name
Playwright Ryan Currie*
Director James Gulden*
Stage Manager Israel Hoffman*
Scenic Designer Kate Margheim*
Costume Designer Jade Aiuchi*
Lighting Designer Mae Dolan*
Fight Choreographer Aaron Castle

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


Tickets for workshops are free of charge; however, you must obtain a ticket at the door and seating is limited.

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.