Monument poster image. Four women's arms interlocking over a background of an abstracted coral reef.

Monument (Four Sisters)

Jun 13, 2019 to Jun 14, 2019
Sam Chanse
Directed by: 
Jade King Carroll
David Thayer Theatre
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 8:00pm


Three sisters embark on intertwined journeys—through community exile, through a writers' room, through a remote coral reef, and through the absence of a fourth sister they hope they might somehow save. How do we keep going when something impossibly precious seems lost forever? Is there hope for building resiliency, or for coming back after devastation? (Also, there are animated anthropomorphized sloths, who also go on a journey.)

This workshop performance contains adult language.

Post-Show Discussion
A post-show discussion with the cast and artistic team will follow the performance each evening.

About Summer Partnership in the Arts
The Department of Theatre Arts' long tradition of presenting exciting work each summer began anew in 2018, with Summer Partnership in the Arts. Building on nearly a century of Iowa Summer Rep and twenty-five years of the academic year Partnership program, the department now offers students and audiences something new.

The purpose of the Summer Partnership program is to bring one or more guest artists to campus to work with students during a four-week residency and create a new theatrical piece. This developmental project will be presented as a small-scale production or a showing of work in process. It might follow the traditional new play development format or explore a highly experimental collaborative process.


Cast of Monument (Four Sisters)
Mackenzie Elsbecker
Amy Miller Martin
Crystal Stewart
Brett Stone
Luli Gomez Teruel
Jose Vargas
Ada Zhang

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Monument (Four Sisters)
Title Name
Playwright Sam Chanse
Director Jade King Carroll
Costume Designer Zamora Simmons
Lighting Designer Merric Bower
Sound Designer TBD
Dramaturg Luke Daniel White
Stage Manager Mariana Tejeda
Company Manager Brillian Qi-Bell
Director's Assistant Brad Pickhinke


This workshop performance is free and tickets are not required.

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.