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Readings from the Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop

May 04, 2019
Undergraduate Playwrights
Room 172
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:00pm


Selected undergraduate playwrights will showcase their ten-minute plays (or excerpts of plays) as staged readings.

Matt’s All Right (an excerpt)
By Elin Dejus

Matt falls down the alt-right rabbit hole of the internet.

Striker (an excerpt)
By Francis Bass

A group of non-mage students store up all their passion and rage in potions, waiting to unleash it all at a critical moment when they can affect change and take down the mage supremacists terrorizing them.

Home Garden (an excerpt)
By Jivani Rodriguez

Home Garden follows two married women navigating their thoughts about babies amidst a magic garden.

The Completely Normal Life of a Man Named Harold (an excerpt)
By Rachel Soffa

Harold wishes to change his boring life around, so he hires a narrator and some wacky shenanigans occur, involving murder!

Working Title (an excerpt)
By Claire Wool

An episodic, poetic, and movement-filled play concerning sex dependency and depression.

Color Ball (an excerpt)
By Kaylyn Kluck

It's time to play Color Ball, a wild dodgeball-style game played annually at Camp Rainbow. The 13-year-old players on the Red Team are determined to win, but a demonic voice speaking to them from the dark woods has other plans for them.

Nevers (an excerpt)
By Eileen Campbell

In a strange little tourist town, Finn pieces together her life after a mysterious three-year absence. Meanwhile, the town’s residents keep dreaming about caves.

Swing Set (an excerpt)
By Gwyneth Forsythe

Alex and Lane talk about life and recovery while swinging on a swing set.

Magic! The Play (an excerpt)
By Nicole Gabrione

Magic! The Play is the story of Billy and Marissa, two amateur teen magicians who find themselves forming an unlikely friendship.


Actors from the Undergrad Readings
Cameron Speta
Nicole Gabrione
John Lyons
Ben Sulzberger
Emma Bibb
Emmy Palmersheim
Brett Stone
Brigid Martin

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 will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each reading or during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Link to Iowa New Play Festival homepage.

Link to Iowa New Play Festival 2019 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.