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Smile Medicine

May 01, 2019
Dakota Parobek
Directed by: 
Bries Vannon
Danforth Chapel
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30pm


After the sudden loss of their best friend, Good-dog, Sad-bird must adjust to their new life in a world of Angels, Anarchists, Aliens, and the ghost of a disgraced Russian scientist. As Sad-bird searches for their place on earth, Good-dog searches for his place among the stars. Smile Medicine is an exploration of mental illness and grief through humor, lamentation, and music.

This performance contains strong language, discussion of depression, anxiety, and self harm, a moment of non-consensual sexual contact, alcohol and prescription drug use/abuse, and discussion of animal abuse.


Cast of Smile Medicine
Role Name
Sad-Bird Elin Dejus
Sad-Boy Inigo O'Brien
Good-Dog Josie Fischels
Laika Rachel Wade
Oleg John Lyons
Chorus Gabrielle Aranza, Anthony Davis, Emmy Palmersheim

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Smile Medicine
Title Name
Playwright Dakota Parobek
Director Bries Vannon

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.

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