bad seed

Bad Seed

Jun 27, 2013 to Jun 29, 2013
By: 
Maxwell Anderson
Directed by: 
Eric Forsythe
Location: 
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Flood '13 Update

Due to flooding in Iowa City, which has forced the closure of the UI Theatre Building, Iowa Summer Rep's 2013 season has changed. Iowa Summer Rep's performances of Bad Seed will now be held at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts with a reduced schedule, June 27-29.

Bad Seed

June 27 & 28 at 8:00 p.m.
June 29 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The dramatization of William March’s novel, The Bad Seed is Maxwell Anderson's turgid melodrama from the '50s, that we'll be performing in "ridiculous theatre" style.  Think "Father Knows Best" squared.  Zany, fun, and over the top. The story takes place in the South not long after World War II, and mainly concerns a seemingly perfect little 8-year old girl who, because of a hereditary "bad seed," is actually a scheming murderess.  Did little Rhoda actually drown one of her schoolmates who won the coveted penmanship medal that Rhoda feels she deserved?  Does her mother go insane with suicidal guilt?  Does everybody deny everything?  And how can the neighbors, friends, even a mystery writer and a psychologist NOT SEE WHAT ANYONE WITH A LICK OF SENSE CAN SEE?  It will be a hoot!