Jan 5 2016

Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending

by Tallgrass Theatre

by Wendy WeinerHillary_Graphic

Directed by Stacy Brothers

January 29–February 13, 2016

Tallgrass’ Third Annual Dream Project: In collaboration with The Rising Phoenix Theatre Company and featuring actors 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.

***TICKET INFO***

Cast:
Hillary: Mandy Julson
Athena: Lyra Halsten
Aphrodite: Ayriel Everett
Bill Clinton: Eric Olson
Greek Chorus: Adam Bielgard, Mary Good Chase, Kyle Chizek, Emily Davis, Juli Hale, and Ian Shields

Production Team:
Director: Stacy Brothers
Stage Manager/Production Manager: Kelly Mayhew
Scenic Design: Stacy Brothers and Thomas D. Perrine
Lighting Design: Ty Klobassa and Erica Spiller
Properties: Joy Kripal
Costumes:  Mellinda Ziegenfuss
Sound Design: Carly Demro
Hair: Heidi Swihart
Makeup: Erika Hotchkin
Technical Director: James Stephenson

 
Nov 5 2015

Classic Season opens Tallgrass season with laughs aplenty

by Tallgrass Theatre

Click below to read John Busbee’s review from The Culture Buzz.

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Oct 6 2015

Newsletter

by Tallgrass Theatre

Check out the latest edition of the Tallgrass Times newsletter!

Volume 6 – Fall 2015

 

 
Sep 9 2015

Staged Reading of “Masha”

by Tallgrass Theatre

by R.J. Vrtismashatitle

 

Directed by Andrea Rickey

September 26, 2015, 7:00 PM

Rex Mathes Auditorium

A staged reading of this year’s winner of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.  Come see this new Iowa play and stay for a talk-back with the playwright, the panel of judges, the director, and our actors.

Masha is a surrealist vision of a woman in love, with a shadow. Taking its cue from the works of Anton Chekhov, Masha takes place in the world of a playwright who has run away from her former troupe and glory to embrace her dark and sardonic view of the world within her isolated family home. Mashais a riveting story about one woman and her darkness come to life.

R.J. Vrtis is an assistant professor of Theatre at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Teaching acting and directing, Vrtis is also an experienced director whose credits include Cabaret, Twelfth Night, and Tartuffe. Vrtis received his PhD. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon.

FREE and open to the public!

 
Aug 24 2015

Barefoot in the Park

by Tallgrass Theatre

by Neil SimonBarefoot_Graphic

Directed by Mark Littlejohn

October 30 – November 14, 2015, 7:30 PM

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…

***TICKET INFO***

Cast:

CORIE BRATTER: Tiffany Flory
TELEPHONE REPAIR MAN:  Cory Hug
DELIVERY MAN: Bob Baskerville
PAUL BRATTER: Adam Beilgard
CORIE’S MOTHER, MRS. BANKS:  Suzie Oddy
VICTOR VELASCO: Thomas D. Perrine

Production Team:

Director: Mark Littlejohn
Stage Manager: Nicole Taweel
Scenic Design: James Stephenson
Lighting Design: Ty Klobassa and Erica Spiller
Properties: Joy Kripal
Costumes:  Mellinda Ziegenfuss
Sound Design: Ryan Schmitz
Production Manager: Kelly Mayhew
Technical Director: James Stephenson

Promotional Pictures:

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Aug 4 2015

Congratulations to the Tallgrass Cloris Awards Nominees!

by Tallgrass Theatre

Congratulations to the Inaugural Cloris Award Nominees for our 2015 productions of Independence and Elephant Man!

Independence (our second annual Dream Project) racked up four nominations:

  • Best Play
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role (Mary Bricker as Evelyn Briggs)
  • Best Actress in a Support Role (Tiffany Flory as Sherry Briggs)
  • Best Scenic Design (Tim Wisgerhof)

Elephant Man was nominated for two:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Abraham Swee as John Merrick)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Micheal Davenport as Frederick Treves)

See the full article from the Des Moines Register here.

 

 
Aug 3 2015

Auditions for 2015-2016 Season

by Tallgrass Theatre

Tallgrass Theatre Company announces audition dates for its 2015-2016 season.  All auditions take place at Rex Mathes Auditorium: 1401 Vine Street, West Des Moines.


Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff

Directed by Maranda Turner

Audition Dates:
November 8 & 9 – 7:00pm

Roles:
3 men, 4 women

Role Breakdown:
JAMES LEEDS – 30s; works as a speech therapist at a school for the Deaf; speaks and signs
SARAH NORMAN – 20s; Deaf from birth; signs
ORIN – early 20s Deaf activist, speaks and signs
MRS. NORMAN – Sara’s mother; 40-50s
MR. FRANKLIN – Supervising teacher at the Deaf school; late 40s-50s; speaks and signs
LYDIA – student at the Deaf school late teens; speaks and signs
EDNA KLEIN: 30s-40s; a lawyer

Production Dates: March 25 – April 9, 2016

 
Aug 3 2015

Third (and Final) ’15-’16 Playwrights Workshop Reading at Table 128: Masha

by Tallgrass Theatre

mashaJoin us for the third (and final) Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’15-’16 series on at 5 PM on Sunday, August 9th at Table 128 (12695 University Ave in Clive)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of Masha by R.J. Vrtis, 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!

Masha is a surrealist vision of a woman in love, with a shadow. Taking its cue from the works of Anton Chekhov, Masha takes place in the world of a playwright who has run away from her former troupe and glory to embrace her dark and sardonic view of the world within her isolated family home. Masha is a riveting story about one woman and her darkness come to life.

R.J. Vrtis is an assistant professor of Theatre at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Teaching acting and directing, Vrtis is also an experienced director whose credits include Cabaret, Twelfth Night, and Tartuffe. Vrtis received his PhD. in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon.

Find out what it takes to create an Iowa original.

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Jul 19 2015

Second ’15-’16 Playwrights Workshop Reading at Table 128: God Save the Queens

by Tallgrass Theatre

gstqJoin us for the second Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’15-’16 series on at 5 PM on Sunday, Jul 26th at Table 128 (12695 University Ave in Clive)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of God Save the Queens by Madison Densmore, 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!

Madison Densmore is a native of the Des Moines area hailing from Ankeny, Iowa. A 2015 graduate of Simpson College, Madison graduated with double majors in Theatre Arts and French. During her time at Simpson, Madison wrote several new works including Shelia and Steve, which was staged as a part of Simpson Undergraduate Research Symposium. This fall, Madison will be moving to Orléans, France to work as a Teaching Assistant.

Find out what it takes to create an Iowa original.

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Jul 7 2015

Iowa Playwrights Workshop ’15-’16 Selected Works

by Tallgrass Theatre

Tallgrass Theatre Company announces selected scripts for the Iowa Playwrights Workshop readings for the 2015-2016 Season.

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July 12th
Saint Maggie by Catherine Shook

July 26th
God Save the Queens by Madison Densmore

August 9th
Masha by R.J. Vrtis

 

Readings will be held at 5 PM at Table 128 in Clive with the final staged reading in September at Rex Mathes.  Light refreshments will be provided with beverages available for purchase.