The play’s the thing. For University of Iowa student actors, directors, writers, and designers, it’s an avenue for expression and a chance to hone their talent. For their audience, it’s an experience that’s immediate, intimate, and intense.
The latest thing is “Tallgrass Gothic,” the haunting account of a small-town wife and the neighbor she can’t resist. The University Theatres production runs through Dec. 10—the second of five Mainstage productions this academic year.
Respected education programs, nationally known venues, and eager audiences make Iowa a vital center for theatre, as well as dance and musical performance. There’s something on stage for every taste and budget—from the Friday night antics of No Shame Theatre to Sunday matinees at Hancher Auditorium.
The UI Department of Theatre Arts, a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of the oldest and most respected theatre programs in the country. For nearly 90 years, it’s supported new plays by students, faculty, and visiting artists.
The department’s Iowa New Play Festival offers a spring showcase for work by undergraduates and graduate students in the Playwrights Workshop, whose alumni include Tennessee Williams and recent MacArthur Fellowship recipient Naomi Wallace. Other special programs include the Partnership in the Arts, which hosts teams of professionals who collaborate with students, and the Iowa Summer Rep festival.
The result is a lively slate of contemporary and classic theatre that inspires students, challenges audiences, and enriches the UI community.