Apr 23 2015
The Iowa Playwrights Workshop is getting ready for the 2015 season and we need you!
This season’s Workshop features multiple opportunities for multiple playwrights to have their plays workshopped in a supportive, feedback-based environment. Work with actors, experienced playwrights, and veteran theatre directors to take your play to the next level. In addition to the workshop process, the Iowa Playwrights Workshop presents selected works to an audience for a public reading with the opportunity for a staged reading!
The Iowa Playwrights Workshop is an excellent opportunity to grow and refine your work through exposure to a unique collaborative environment focused on enhancing the work of Iowa playwrights. Watch the artistic process come to life as you engage with actors and audience alike to discover what is next for your work.
Submission guidelines for this years’ workshop and staged reading opportunities have been revised to allow for a larger variety of works. Authors may submit one-acts, full-length plays, and plays that are in still works-in-progress that need additional modification.
Deadline for submission is June 1st, 2015.
Workshops and public readings will occur June through September of 2015.
Mar 29 2015
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
Directed by Mark Littlejohn
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit, always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find—too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…
Tallgrass’ Third Annual Dream Project:
Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending by Wendy Weiner
In collaboration with The Rising Phoenix Theatre Company and featuring Amanda Julson & Lyra Halsten
Just in time for the Iowa Caucuses! Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, have been at war since time immemorial. When a young girl named Hillary Rodham devotes herself to Athena alone, Aphrodite takes revenge by having her fall in love with a man of mythical charm and appetites: Bill Clinton.
Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
Directed by Maranda Turner
James, a young speech therapist, meets Sarah, a school dropout, who is totally deaf from birth and estranged from the world of hearing. Fluent in sign language, James tries to help Sarah and gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other’s needs and feelings. However, discord develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being pitied. The chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross. In the end, love and compassion pave the hope for reconciliation and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that can unite as well as divide.