Iowa Directors Festival. Letters from Cuba by María Irene Fornés. Illustration of letters and flags.

Iowa Directors Festival: Letters from Cuba

Feb 03, 2022 to Feb 05, 2022
María Irene Fornés
Directed by: 
Natalie Villamonte Zito
David Thayer Theatre
Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, February 4, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 5, 2022 - 8:00pm


Letters from Cuba seamlessly moves back and forth in time, place, and spirit, linking a recently emigrated dancer in New York City to her family across the sea in Cuba. The play interweaves familial, romantic, and platonic love into a singular feeling of closeness and affection. A poetic reflection on the act of artistic creation, on memory and dreams, on longing desires, and how the yearning of a brother and sister to reunite is so strong it defies the logic of time and space. Letters from Cuba quietly explores the connections and separations between people and across borders, through an ethereal, dreamy lens.

Meeting the Moment: Cuba Then & Now

Saturday, February 5 at 4:00 p.m. CST on Zoom (link to register below)

The Department of Theatre Arts invites you to join us for a panel discussion about Cuban performance, art, and cultural memory in conjunction with this production.

Panelists will include:
Natalie Villamonte Zito (director of Letters from Cuba)
Orlando Lopez (Cuban-American actor in Letters from Cuba, playing the roles of Gerardo/Jerry)
Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder (assistant professor, English department)
Caridad Svich (award-winning playwright, translator, and editor)
Fredo Rivera (art and architectural historian, assistant professor of art history at Grinnell College, and drag performer)
Moderated by Rob Ascher (dramaturg of Letters from Cuba)

This event is part of the Borderless series and is hosted in collaboration with the Latino Native American Cultural Center.

Registration is required. Click here to register for Meeting the Moment: Cuba Then & Now.

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.

Iowa Directors Festival 2022

This production is part of the Iowa Directors Festival which includes four productions produced over two weeks, all directed by the MFA directing candidates.

Week #1 (February 3–5)

Letters from Cuba by María Irene Fornés, directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito
small hours by Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime, directed by Sarah Gazdowicz

Week #2 (February 10–12)

Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen by Tennessee Williams, directed by Kenneth Collins
England's Splendid Daughters written and directed by Ann Kreitman


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or online at Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at the Theatre Building one hour prior to the performance, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

Capacity is limited and all seating is general admission. Masks are strongly encouraged.

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 Hancher Box Office in advance at 319-335-1158.