Iowa New Play Festival 2023 Pleasure Play by Eli Campbell

Pleasure Play

May 03, 2023
Eli Campbell
Directed by: 
Owen Brightman
Catalano Acting Studio (Room 172)
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 1:30pm


When Maeve's mother shows up at their place of work, Maeve must decide what they're willing to sacrifice in order to reconnect. Meanwhile, the life they've built with their partner, Gracie, seems to be descending into a fantasy state - and look, there's aliens! 

Please be advised this reading contains adult themes, sexual situations, references to domestic abuse, and explicit language.

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Cast of Pleasure Play
Role Name
Maeve Kiana Shevling-Major
Gracie Samantha Mayer
Abby Mary Lukas
Stage Directions Emma Hughes

Creative Team

Creative team of Pleasure Play
Title Name
Playwright Eli Campbell
Director Owen Brightman
Faculty Consultant Meredith Alexander

*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 1 and Tuesday, May 2 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 2023 full schedule

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