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.

Barefoot in the Park
 by Neil Simon

Directed by Mark Littlejohn

Audition Dates:
September 6 & 7 – 7:00pm

Roles:
4 men, 2 women

Role Breakdown:
CORIE BRATTER – F, mid-20s – a free spirit, newlywed to Paul
PAUL BRATTER – M, mid-20s -a lawyer, newlywed to Corie
MRS. BANKS – F, mid-50s – Corie’s mother
VICTOR VELASCO – M, mid-50s- the neighbor in the attic
TELEPHONE REPAIR MAN – M, any age
DELIVERY MAN – M, any age

Production Dates: October 30 – Nov 14, 2015


Tallgrass’ Third Annual Dream Project:
Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending  
By Wendy Weiner
Dream Project 2015-2016 featuring Amanda Julson and Lyra Halsten

Directed by Stacy Brothers

Audition Dates:
October 4 & 5 – 7:00pm

Roles:
8-10 men and women aged 25-55

Role Breakdown:
BILL CLINTON  – The man from Hope, from the age of 25 thru 55. Charismatic, with dazzling intelligence
APHRODITE – the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Beautiful, narcissistic and smarter than she lets on. Capable of
deep emotion.
The GREEK CHORUS, 4-8 actors who play a variety of different characters, including HADES, HILLARY’s parents, KEN STARR
and MONICA LEWINSKY

Note:  The roles of HILLARY and ATHENA have already been cast as part of the Dream Project.

Production Dates: January 29 – February 13, 2016


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.

 
Jul 7 2015

First Playwrights Workshop Reading of the ’15-’16 Season at Table 128

by Tallgrass Theatre

magJoin us for the first Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’15-’16 Season on at 5 PM on Sunday, Jul 12th at Table 128 (12695 University Ave in Clive)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of Saint Maggie by Catherine Shook, 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!

Catherine Shook is recent graduate of the University of Iowa where she studied creative writing.  While attending the U of I, she participated in the theatre department’s ten minute play festival and gallery, workshop, and reading series with her plays Just One Puff and Too Few to Mention. In addition to her work with the school, she placed third in City Circle Acting Company’s New Play Festival Competition in September of 2014 with her ten-minute play Boy in a Cage.

Find out what it takes to create an Iowa original.

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Apr 23 2015

Calling all Iowa Writers!

by Tallgrass Theatre

IowaPlaywrightsWorkshop_2014The 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

2015-2016 Season Announcement

by Tallgrass Theatre

October/November 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…


January/February 2016
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
Directed by Stacy Brothers

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.


March/April 2016
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.

 
Jan 19 2015

Third Iowa Playwrights Reading of the Season

by Tallgrass Theatre

60PIECESeventiconJoin us for the third Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’14-’15 Season on at 7 PM on Wednesday, Jan 21st at Confluence Brewing Company (1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of Sixty Pieces by Patrick J Melroy, 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.

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Dec 5 2014

Second Iowa Playwrights Reading of the Season

by Tallgrass Theatre

48Join us for the second Iowa Playwrights Workshop reading of the ’14-’15 Season on at 7 PM on Thursday, Dec 11th at 515 Brewing Company (7700 University Ave, Clive)!

In addition to experiencing the reading of Fourty-Eight by James Lempares, 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.

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