Nov 13 2014

First Iowa Playwrights Reading of the Season

by Tallgrass Theatre


Join us for the first Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’14-’15 Season on at 7 PM on Thursday, Nov 20th at Mars Cafe (2318 University Ave, Des Moines)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of Lesser Gods by William Bonfiglio, a new Iowa play, you as our audience (along with a panel of theatre veterans) will discuss the craft of playwriting and how you’d like to see the play grow!

Find out what it takes to create an Iowa original.


Nov 13 2014

Casts Announced for Elephant Man and Independence

by Tallgrass Theatre

We are excited to share the cast lists for our final two productions of the 2014-2015 Season!
Click on the production link below for more info.

Elephant Man


Oct 21 2014

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Oct 1 2014

Iowa Playwrights Workshop ’14-’15 Selected Works

by Tallgrass Theatre

Tallgrass Theatre Company announces selected scripts for the Iowa Playwrights Workshop readings during the 2014-2015 season.IowaPlaywrightsWorkshop_2014

Lesser Gods
by William Bonfiglio
Ames, IA

Sixty Pieces by Patrick Melroy
Wellman, IA

Forty Eight by James Lempares
Sioux City, IA

War Heroes by John Burns
Johnston, IA

Readings will be held around the metro in November, December, and January with the final staged readings in February at Rex Mathes.

Aug 28 2014

Auditions: 2014-2015 Season

by Tallgrass Theatre

Tallgrass Theatre Company announces audition dates for their 2014-2015 season.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged (revised)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Directed by Mark Littlejohn

Audition dates:
September 14 & 15 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 3 men, all ages welcome, actors should be able to move with ease as this is a fast paced show.

Production Dates: October 31 – Nov 15, 2014

Tallgrass is auditioning for The Elephant Man early to accommodate costume demands of the production.  Rehearsals will most likely start in early December.

The Elephant Man By Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Thomas D. Perrine

Audition dates:
November 2 & 3 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 6 men, 2 women (with the exception of the Merrick role all actors double and triple)

Role breakdown:

Male – 20s to 30s – John Merrick – actor must be in good physical condition
Male – 30s to 40s- Frederick Treves/Belgian Policeman
Male – 30s to 50s – Carr Gomm/Conductor
Male – 30s to 60s – Ross/Bishop Walsham How/Snork
Male – mid 20s to 40s – Pinhead Manager/London Policeman/Lord John
Male – 20s – 30s -Orderly (there might be additional roles for this actor)
Female – 20s to 60s – Pinhead/Miss Sandwich/Countess/Princess Alexandra
Female – 30s to 50s – Mrs. Kendal/Pinhead

Production Dates: January 30 – February 14, 2015

Independence is this season’s Dream project and the Director and lead actresses want to cast the remaining two roles early to allow for script work before actual rehearsal begin.

Independence by Lee Blessing

Dream Project 2014-2015 featuring Mary Bricker & Becky Scholtec

Directed by Maxwell Schaeffer

Audition Dates:
November 10 & 11 – 7:00pm

Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines

Roles: 2 women

Role breakdown:

Jo – earnest, raw sensitivity, 25 to 35
Sherry – rebellious, unflappable teen, 18 to 25

(The roles of Evelyn and Kess are cast)

Production Dates: March 27 – April 11, 2015

Apr 23 2014

2014-2015 Season Announced!

by Tallgrass Theatre


October 31-November 15, 2015
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Directed by Mark Littlejohn

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has been revised for 2014. This irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays features madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride.

January 30-February 14, 2015
The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Thomas D. Perrine

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London in the late 19th century. A horribly deformed young man, he was found abandoned and admitted for observation to a prestigious London hospital. Under the care of a respected doctor, Merrick changed from a sensational object of pity to the urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati. But his belief that he could become a man like any other was a dream never to be realized.

March 27-April 11, 2015
Tallgrass’ Second Annual Dream Project: Independence by Lee Blessing
Featuring actors Mary Bricker and Becky Scholtec
Directed by Maxwell Schaeffer

Independence is the powerful, disturbing study of a family divided against itself. The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, at the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. Her oldest daughter, Kess, has come home at the request of her sister, Jo, who is concerned for Evelyn’s mental health. Kess wants to cut her family ties once and for all; Jo, a longtime virgin, has now become pregnant; while youngest daughter Sherry, salty-tongued and amoral, wants only to finish high school and leave home for good. In the end, each realizes that she must find her own heaven—or hell—in her own way.

Apr 23 2014

Tallgrass Announces New Artistic Director

by Tallgrass Theatre


Tallgrass is pleased to announce the addition of
 Thomas D. Perrine to our artistic staff.  As Artistic Director, Tom will supervise much of the day-to-day activities of actors and directors, providing guidance as needed, as well as head up season script selection.  He will also act as a liaison with the community and other theatre groups.

 Please join us in congratulating Tom on his new role!