Why is This Night Different?

Nov 29, 2018 to Dec 02, 2018
Aja Nisenson
Directed by: 
Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Theatre B
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 8:00pm
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 2:00pm


It is the first night of Passover, and Haley is introducing her parents to her boyfriend, who is not only twenty years older, but also $150,000 in debt. Things get even more complicated when Mom reveals a secret that shakes the established order and forces the family to confront the past and move forward into the future. Fast paced and boisterous, this spirited comedy examines the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives, asking: is it ever too late to truly find yourself?

This production contains strong langauge and sexual content. Strobe effects will be used.


Cast of Why is This Night Different?
Role Name
Haley Julia Melone
Mark Brad Pickhinke
Mom Liat Graf
Dad Austin J. Yerington
Paul Vincent Doud
Ahimsa Britny J. Horton
Evan Kyle Cooper Watkins
Miriam Andrea Warhurst

Artistic Team

Artistic team of Why is This Night Different?
Title Name
Playwright Aja Nisenson
Director Sarah Lacy Hamilton
Scenic Designer Merric Bower
Costume Designer Madison Otis
Lighting Designer Emily Haywood
Sound Designer Harry S. Daley Young


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.