Iowa New Play Festival

Below the Pacific

May 08, 2015
Ryan Oliveira
Directed by: 
Marina Johnson
David Thayer Theatre
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:00pm


Two investigators, Doug (USA) and Kai (New Zealand), search the bottom of the sea in order to determine the disappearance of American Airlines Flight 13 over the Pacific Ocean. What they uncover is a missing stewardess - Doug's wife, Marina - who has been brought back to "life" by Takaroa, the Polynesian God of the sea...much to the chagrin of his mermaid ex-lover, Mei-Lei. Through music, magic, and a memorable jellyfish, Doug and Marina try to find each other and escape home to the surface...or disappear with the wreck forever.


Doug Skyler Matthias
Kai Aneisa Hicks
Marina Madeline Ascherl
Takaroa Morris Hill
Mei-Lei Weiyi Zhang
Jellyfish Matt Schutz and Christopher Matheson

Artistic Team

Playwright Ryan Oliveira
Director Marina Johnson
Composer Joseph Z. Adams
Co-Dramaturgs Alyssa Cokinis and Alice Doherty
Music Director Frankie Rose
Scenic Designer Melissa Gilbert
Costume Designer Josh Christoffersen
Lighting Designer Cassie Malmquist
Sound Designer Rob Bergenstock
Violence Designer Lukas Brasherfons
Stage Manager Rachele Ekstrand
Assistant Stage Managers Brigidta de Souza, Tim Mizones

Please be advised that this show contains haze, violence, profanity, and sexually aggressive material.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Iowa New Play Festival productions are $5 for non-students and free for UI students (with a valid ID). They are available one hour before show time in the Theatre Building lobby or during special Festival Box Office hours on Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Iowa New Play Festival Information

Link to the Iowa New Play Festival homepage.

Link to the Iowa New Play Festival 2015 full schedule.

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