Something Rotten!

Mar 03, 2023 to Mar 11, 2023
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Wanye Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
E.C. Mabie Theatre
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2023 - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 2:00pm
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 8:00pm
Friday, March 10, 2023 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 8:00pm


1595, London: Nick Bottom longs to write a hit play with his brother Nigel and break out of the shadow of The Bard. Hiring a soothsayer, Nick learns that the most fantastic thing that will ever grace the stage is something called “a musical!” When Nick desires more and more insight into what will make his show a success, and Nigel discovers a forbidden love, the brothers must discover the meaning of “to thine own self be true.” Something Rotten—the 2015 hit musical by Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and John O’Farrell—combines Shakespeare and musical theatre to create a joyful, hilarious, tap-happy satire about authenticity and dreaming big in Renaissance England.

Virtual Lobby

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Role Name
Nick Brandon Burkhardt*
Nigel Cullen Asbery*
Peter Quince | Nigel U/S Neil Smithson*
Robin Kylen Phillips*
Tom | Nick U/S Joey Lepire*
Snug Nicolette Mayer*
Francis Ellie Turk*
Troupe Member Tony Nguyen*
Bea Samantha Mayer*
Portia Alice Conroy*
Lady Clapham | Bea U/S Virginia Muturi*
Minstrel | Bea U/S Andelyn Sunderman*
Shakespeare Jacob Licht*
Brother Jeremiah Alex Granfield*
Shylock  Margaret Schafer*
Nostradamus Brody Ohm*
Ensemble | Portia U/S Helaina Kalman*
Ensemble | Minstrel U/S Niyati Despande*
Ensemble | Shakespeare U/S Ian Olderog*
Ensemble Jasper Rood*
Ensemble Kayce Drevline*
Ensemble Kate Tonn*
Ensemble Sophia Kilburg*
Ensemble  Alice Beberdick*
Ensemble Ashley Migliore*

Creative Team

Title Name
Director Jonathan Hadley
Assistant Director  Sarah Gazdowicz
Music Director Mark Bruckner
Choreographer Sabrina Duke*
Stage Manager Elizabeth Sarsfield*
Assistant Stage Manager Dorothy Craven*
Assistant Stage Manager Emma Merkes*
Scenic Designer R. Eric Stone
Lighting Designer Alastair Sigala Ramirez
Assistant Lighting Designer Jackson Kopesky*
Costume Designer Kaelen Novak
Assistant Costume Designer Abigail Garraty
Audio Engineer Bri Atwood
Fight Choreographer Paul Kalina 
Intimacy Choreographer Owen Brightman

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office website or by calling 319-335-1160. 

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.

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.

Something Rotten!
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.