Illustration of laptop, notebook, and pen. Iowa New Play Festival Reading Series. Mother: Knife by Derick Edgren.

Mother: Knife

May 07, 2022
Derick Edgren Otero
Directed by: 
Margo Skornia
Catalano Acting Studio (Room 172)
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 1:30pm


After Beth loses her mother and sister in a mysterious accident, she becomes convinced that the key to finding them lies in the books she once read as a child.  
This reading contains themes of war and explicit mentions of physical violence against a child. 

Virtual Lobby

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Cast of Mother: Knife
Role Name
Maria Sara Alvidrez*
Beth Sonya Madrigal
Benita Natalie Saucedo*
Félix Orlando Lopez
Yara TBD
Stage Directions Tessa Ramsden*

Creative Team

Creative team of Mother: Knife
Title Name
Playwright Derick Edgren Otero
Director Margo Skornia

*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.