Illustration of laptop, notebook, and pen. Iowa New Play Festival Reading Series. I Shall Not Be Moved by Isaiah Reaves.

I Shall Not Be Moved

May 03, 2022
Isaiah Reaves
Directed by: 
Caroline Clay
Catalano Acting Studio (Room 172)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 1:30pm


This one-woman show thrillingly recounts the story of Reaves’s grandmother, nationally recognized civil rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and her beautiful, horrifying, and trailblazing journey through the American south as one of the first Freedom Riders during the 1960s. Audiences far and wide will experience the internal conflicts and joys of a dark-skinned Black woman’s fearless battle for equity and equality.

This reading contains adult language and descriptions of racial and civil rights violence.

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Cast of I Shall Not Be Moved.
Role Name
Betty Virginia Muturi*

Creative Team

Creative team of I Shall Not Be Moved.
Title Name
Playwright Isaiah Reaves
Director Caroline Clay

*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.