Iowa New Play Festival-P o l a r i s poster image

P o l a r i s (a tragedy expansion pack)

May 03, 2019
Charles Green
Directed by: 
Erica Vannon
David Thayer Theatre
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 9:00pm


P o l a r i s (a tragedy expansion pack) is a sci-fi memory play that follows Polaris, an astronaut who arrives on an alien planet while searching for his kidnapped brother. But as Polaris falls deeper into the unearthly maze, filled with traps and puzzles that seem, somehow, to be drawn from his own childhood, the true human reality of his loss and pain begins to materialize—and all the imagination and fantasy in the world can no longer mask the truth of his heartbreak.

This production contains language surrounding depression and suicide. Strobe lighting effects will be used and there will be sudden, loud explosion sounds.


Cast of P o l a r i s.
Benjamin Sulzberger
Elijah Jones
Cora Lassen
Lucan Botsford

Artistic Team

Artistic team of P o l a r i s.
Title Name
Playwright Charles Green
Director Erica Vannon
Dramaturg Molly Winstead
Scenic Designer Courtney Gaston
Costume Designer Aella Rose-Hill
Lighting Designer Nick Coso
Sound Designer Huda Al-Aithan
Stage Manager Brillian Qi-Bell
Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Tucker

Ticket Information

Tickets for Iowa New Play Festival productions are $5 for non-students and free for UI students (with a valid ID). They are available one hour prior before show time in the Theatre Building lobby or during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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