Illustration of laptop, notebook, and pen. Iowa New Play Festival Reading Series. Berrigan, or an Island Tale by Christopher Lys

Berrigan, or an Island tale

May 04, 2022
Christopher Lysik
Original Music by Christopher Lysik
Directed by: 
Rob Silverman Ascher
Catalano Acting Studio (Room 172)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - 6:00pm


Everything was swell for Anna, until her father died, her mother went basically catatonic, and some new kid arrived on the island – who really seems like he should be at college right now.

Meanwhile, on a different island, a Girl has somehow managed to break the Perimeter, and The Keeper’s letting her stay – despite the lack of food. Just another task for The Keeper’s Assistant, I guess.

And in both places, the Storms keep getting worse…

This reading contains discussion of grief/death, climate crises, and alcohol abuse.

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Cast of Berrigan, or an Island tale
Role Name
Anna/Girl Maya Jalukar*
Stephen/The Keeper's Assistant Jalen Johnson*
T/The Keeper Michele Payne Hinz
Ensemble Caitlin Bissen*, E'mma Camara*, Emma Dowding*, Joseph Lepire*, John Orlet*, Nat Payan*, Alice Webster*, Megan Zimmerman*

Creative Team

Creative team of Berrigan, or an Island tale
Title Name
Playwright and Original Music Christopher Lysik
Director Rob Silverman Ascher

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

Ticket Information

Iowa New Play Festival readings are free and open to the public. However, you must obtain a ticket and seating is limited.

Tickets are available during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and at the door 30 minutes prior to the reading, on an as-available basis, unless the reading is sold out.

Link to Iowa New Play Festival homepage.

Link to Iowa New Play Festival 2022 full schedule.

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 Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700.