Illustration of laptop, notebook, and pen. Iowa New Play Festival Reading Series. I feel closest to you. By Olivia Clement.

I feel closest to you

May 02, 2022
Olivia Clement
Directed by: 
Meg Mechelke
Catalano Acting Studio (Room 172)
Monday, May 2, 2022 - 1:30pm


In Australia, a baby is impatient to be born. In New York, there's a home that needs wrecking. Two sisters, across and ocean, talk to each other about their dreams. I feel closest to you is a play about impending disasters, exploding love, and the roles we play in our closest relationships.

This production contains some domestic violence and discussions about miscarriage and abortion. 

Virtual Lobby

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Cast of I feel closest to you
Role Name
Olive Sophia Kilburg*
June Melisa Jusufovic*
Laura Madison Hall*
Jay Jackson Kopesky*
Aaron John Orlet*
Stage Directions Hannah Shade*

Creative Team

Creative team of I feel closest to you.
Title Name
Playwright Olivia Clement
Director Meg Mechelke*

*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.