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Iowa Directors Festival: Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Feb 10, 2022 to Feb 12, 2022
Tennessee Williams
Directed by: 
Kenneth Collins
David Thayer Theatre
Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 8:00pm
Friday, February 11, 2022 - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 8:00pm


In this short atmospheric drama by University of Iowa graduate Tennessee Williams, two unnamed characters, Man and Woman, live in a crumbling flat on the Lower East Side. He is a drunk, and she is purposefully wasting away - but between them there is an intimacy of desperation. Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen examines the ways we can feel isolated even while being surrounded by others.

This production contains adult content.

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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.