Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Theater Blogging

I've been horribly remiss about this lately:

"Starlighters II Studio Showcase"
The "Starlighters II Studio Showcase" opens Friday, September 19th and will also be performed on September 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Starlighters Theatre in Anamosa. Autumn of 2008 marks a major milestone in the creative history of Starlighters II Theatre as an annual theatrical series debuts. With a mix of veteran and new actors under the guidance of some of Starlighters II's finest directors, the "Starlighters II Studio Showcase" looks to establish a reputation as a distinguished series with a high standard for acting and directing. This ambitious new concept features a set of excellent short plays, both com edic and dramatic, written by both established and new playwrights whose works are judged to be outstanding. The "Starlighters II Studio Showcase" will become a "must see" for audiences, and aims to establish itself as the standard against which other such ventures will be judged.

The coordinating directors wish to let the public know that there is some strong adult content in a few of the plays included in this production.
For more information on Starlighters II Theatre events, visit the Starlighters II website at


The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh
directed by Josh sazon
assistant directed by Rich Riggleman
September 27, October 3, 4, 11
7:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City
A seriously disturbing tale laced with dark comedy about a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.
Recommended for mature audiences for violence and language. Order tickets today!

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Ariel - Gary Barth
Tupolski - Chuck Dufano
Father - Jeff Emrich
Mother - Robin McCright
Michal - Alex Moore
Katurian - Kevin Moore

AUDITIONS for Sarah Plain and Tall, by Joseph Robinette (from the Newbery Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan), will be held from Sept. 22 to 26, from 6:30-9pm, at the Robert A Lee Recreation Center, on the corner of Gilbert and Burlington Sts. in downtown Iowa City. Callbacks will be on Saturday afternoon following auditions. Performance dates will be on the first two weekends of November at the Johnson County fairgrounds.

by Joseph Robinette (from the Newberry Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan)
directed by Evelyn Stanske, November 7-9, 14-16
Set in the early 1900s, this play brings to life the charming, heartwarming story of a Kansas farmer, Jacob Witting, a widower with two children—Anna and Caleb, who places an ad in the newspapers seeking a wife. He receives a letter from a Sarah Wheaton of Maine who says she will visit the family for a month to see how things work out: "I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall." Narrated by Anna reminiscing on the eve of her wedding, the story unfolds in a fascinating flashback on that often exciting, sometimes tumultuous month when Sarah and the Wittings came to know one another and learned a few things about themselves as well. The joys and challenges of everyday life are richly depicted in this classic which the New York Times called "an exquisite, sometimes painfully touching tale."

Dreamwell Theatre Announces Auditions for Lear's Daughters

Presented by Dreamwell Theatre, auditions for "Lear's Daughters" written by the Women’s Theatre Group based on an idea by Elaine Feinstein, will be Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, at 2:00 p.m. at the ICPL.

A prequel to Shakespeare’s King Lear, focusing on Lear’s daughters as they might have seen themselves: as daughters, passionate for art and longing for parental affection; as princesses locked in a tower with the King holding the crown.

Roles are available for 5 women from 18 to 65 (or older). Actresses will be given material from the play to read. The play will be presented November 14 & 15, and 21 & 22. Scripts will be available on reserve at the ICPL after September 15.

For more information, contact Gerry Roe (Director) at 351-4952 or

To join our Audition email list, please send an email to with the subject line of "Auditions". We may send other Dreamwell releated announcements as well. We will do our best not to "spam" you with two much Dreamwell stuff and do not share or sell our mailing list.

Dreamwell auditions are usually announced in the GO! section of the Iowa City Press Citizen and the calendar section of Little Village. You may also call (319) 541-0140 for more information.

Based on the ABC-TV educational animated series
Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!

A Collaboration with the Iowa Children's Museum and the Englert Theatre

Book by: George Keating, Kyle Hall and Scott Ferguson
Lyrics & Music by: Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens and Tom Yohe
Directed by: Chris Okiishi

October 17, 18, 19
Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
at the Englert Theater

In a brand-new production, the heroes of Saturday Morning educational television come to life! "Interplanent Janet", "Hero Zero" , "Conjunction Junction" and the ever popular "I'm Just a Bill" -- so much fun for the whole family!

More information and related events will be announced soon.
Visit the exhibit at the Iowa Children's Museum all summer long!

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