Scene from FOR THE FALLS, NPF '13

For the Falls

May 05, 2013
Emily Dendinger
Directed by: 
Tlaloc Rivas
David Thayer Theatre

...Falls Notes


Dark comedy. October, 1962. With the shadow of the Cuban Missile Crisis hanging over the nation, a group of friends, relatives, and strangers gather to celebrate the life of a brilliant but troubled composer who has been killed under mysterious circumstances in a car accident. Between dusk and dawn, unspoken truths will be revealed within a house built and nestled above a waterfall.

Creative Staff  
Director Tlaloc Rivas
Playwright Emily Dendinger
Scenic Designer Kevin Loeffler
Costume Designer Megan Rowley
Lighting Designer Margaret Mead-Finizio
Sound Designer Hiram Orozco
Stage Manager Kristine Moffitt

Eliot RJ McGhee
Marion Beth Kilmer *
Veronica Jessie Traufler *
Carl Thomas Eslinger *
Andrew Chris Rangel
Dorothy Kate Chindlund *
Jack Andrew Berger *
  * denotes undergraduate student

Cast and Creative Team Bios

Tlaloc Rivas (Director) is honored to be directing For the Falls by Emily Dendinger and Koreans Eat Dog by Sarah Cho for the Iowa New Play Festival. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Iowa – where he teaches both MFA and Undergraduate courses in Directing and related subjects. He recently directed The Mountaintop by Katori Hall for UI's MLK Commemoration Week. Upcoming 2013 productions include: The Aleph Complex by Deborah Yarchun (New Harmony Project), Untitled Salinas, CA Project by Juliette Carrillo (Cornerstone Theatre's Summer Intensive), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes (The University of Iowa, October 10-20, 2013).

Emily Dendinger (Playwright) Emily is a second year playwright. Her plays have been produced around the country including Chicago and Boston. Her play Swimming After Dark won the 2005 KCACTF 1X2 One Act Play Competition and is currently published by Dramatic Publishing. She is a two-time winner of Theatre Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition and was selected as a 2012 Heideman Award Finalist. She dedicates this play to the memory of Crystal Gomes.

Kristine Moffitt (Stage Manager) is a second year Theatre Arts and Arts Management student. Past credits at Iowa include Lysistrata (SM), Big Love (ASM), Spring Awakening (ASM), and Dust & Ash (SM). This summer, she will be a stage management intern at Northlight Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be involved in the Iowa New Play Festival for the first time.

Kevin Loeffler (Scenic Designer) Kevin is in his 3rd year of graduate training in Scenic Design at the University of Iowa. Following his previous Mainstage designs of A Dream Play, Stick Fly and Spring Awakening, Kevin is thrilled to be a part of this production. Kevin’s other design credits at the university include Collective Amnesia, Sidewinders, Rogue’s Dance, Sunshine, The Long Goodbye and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.

Megan Rowley (Costume Designer) Megan is in her sophomore year at the University of Iowa pursuing a Bachelor of Journalism degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. As a well-involved student yearning for new opportunities, she is ultimately aspiring for a career in broadcast journalism as an On-Air Anchor. Her work on Costume Design for the New Play Festival show For the Falls is her debut in the department.

Margaret (Peggy) Mead-Finizio (Lighting Designer) comes to University of Iowa from Port St. Lucie, FL. She is a second year graduate design student with a focus in lighting design. Her most recent designs at Iowa have been the main stage production Out of the Pan Into the Fire and the Gallery production Champagne Gods. She holds an MFA in Choreography from Iowa and a BFA in Dance from Florida State University.

Hiram Alexander Orozco (Sound Designer) is a freshman that hails from the city of Alamo located at the southern tip of Texas. For the Falls is the second show he has sound designed at the University of Iowa; the first being Trouble; A Foot. He has also been a part of Champagne Gods and the Carnival project with the Darwin Turner Action Theatre.

Jenni Page-White (Dramaturg) Previous to Iowa, Jenni was a member of the LitWing at the Lark Play Development Center. This summer, she will serve as the Programs Assistant for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s First Look Repertory of New Work. Selected dramaturgy at the University of Iowa includes A Dream Play, Spring Awakening, The Cost of a Goat, All That Shines, Sidewinders, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Stick Fly, Salvage, and Landless.

Andrew Berger (Jack) Andrew is a sophomore at the University of Iowa pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts. He is proud and excited to be making his staged debut at the University of Iowa. Andrew was involved in theatre throughout high-­‐school in productions such as Paper or Plastic, Happy Daze, and May the Farce Be with You. Andrew was also involved in his local community theatre in Almost, Maine and Play On!.

Kate Chindlund (Dorothy) is playing "Dorothy" in For the Falls. She is a Senior Theatre Major at the University of Iowa & will be graduating this May with plans to move to L.A. to pursue her acting career. Her previous credits at the University include I'd Like to Report a Poem, Lysistrata, and Operation Midnight Climax. You can see her in The Who's Tommy this summer as part of Iowa Summer Rep.

Thomas Eslinger (Carl) is a junior at the University of Iowa. This fall he was in Spring Awakening as Hanschen and the spring he was in A Dream Play as The Solicitor. Thomas will also be in The Who's Tommy this summer at the Iowa Summer Rep Theatre.

Elizabeth Kilmer (Marion) is thrilled to be playing Marion in For The Falls. This is her final role at the University, where she has recently been featured in A Dream Play, Cost of a Goat, and Big Love.

RJ McGhee (Eliot) is extremely excited to be apart of this production. He would like to thank all those who are involved in putting such a fabulous piece of work together. His previous performances from Iowa include Lady M and Out of the Pan Into the Fire.

Chris Rangel (Andrew) has a BA from the University Of Texas, where he has participated in th University's New Theatre presentation of Bacha Bazzi as Naveed. His favorite role is Teddy from Things we want by Jonathan Marc Sherman. A fan of collaborative work Chris is excited to be apart of his fouth new work project while at the University of Iowa. He cant stop enjoying the rich experiences with the cast and crew.

Jessica Traufler (Veronica) This is Jessica Traufler's final performance at the University of Iowa and she is unbelievably grateful for all of the opportunities she has been provided over the past few years. Some past roles include Martha in Spring Awakening, Ellida, in Lady from the Sea and Murf in Eggshell.