Feb 27, 2020 to Mar 01, 2020
SP O'Brien
Directed by: 
Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Alan MacVey Theatre
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00pm
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 2:00pm


On her very own reality TV show, a glamorous, business-savvy, hotel heiress named LA will soon choose her new “best friend” from a pool of contestants desperate to earn the title. As contestants are eliminated week by week, the competition intensifies among those who remain. Behind-the-scenes, tension is rising between LA and her crew as the work of maintaining the show’s glitzy façade of “reality” is proving more challenging than anyone imagined. The stakes could not be higher, but we must remain calm for the cameras have eyes. The cameras never sleep.

This production contains flashing lights, simulated drug use, abusive language, and depictions of physical violence. 


Cast of Palanquin
Role Name
LA Genevieve Eckelaert
DC Leela Bassuk
Boston Emma Bibb
Topeka Olivia Schneider
Providence Rachyl Collins
Lansing Ally Bemus
Phoenix Miriam Ochs
Hooded Figures Faith Harlow, Emily Parr, Melanie Morenz, Katie Redden

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Palanquin
Title Name
Playwright S-P O'Brien
Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Scenic Designer Tobin Griffin
Costume Designer Aella Rose-Hill
Sound Designer Chris McCreary
Lighting Designer Dante Benjegerdes
Intimacy Director Erica Vannon
Violence Choreographer Paul Kalina
Stage Manager Marisa Paulsen
Assistant Stage Manager Elizabeth Sarsfield


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.