The Riverside Theater has made it easier for Iowa City viewers to see the play over the next nine months with two new additions for the 2022-2023 season.
On November 4, the theater announced on Facebook that their season will now include “The Roommate” and “Everyone,” ending a season of five previous performances and their annual Shakespeare in the Park tradition in Lower City Park.
The Press-Citizen spoke with Director of Artistic Production Adam Knight to find out more about upcoming productions. But people don’t have to wait until next year to see an exciting show.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Flick hits theaters just a day after Thanksgiving.
What is the series “Roommate” about?
This is a play described on the Riverside Theater website that was described as The Odd Couple meets Breaking Bad.
“Roommate” follows Sharon, who is recently divorced and whose son lives abroad. She is looking for a roommate for her now empty house and is soon joined by Robin, who needs a place to hide and start over.
University of Iowa Drama Workshop graduate Jen Silverman wrote “The Roommate” and staged it in Iowa City.
“Roommate” was not staged in Iowa City, despite the fact that it takes place and draws inspiration from the city, Knight said.
Published in 2017, the black comedy is a two-person show directed by Nina Morrison.
It will run from April 28 to May 14.
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What is the series “All” about?
Modern riff on 15th the play of the century “Everyman”, “Everybody” follows a character of the same name as they explore the meaning of life as they walk towards their goal.
“All” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
According to Knight, people who watch Everyone will never see the same production twice. This is because in each performance, nine actors participating in the production will be selected through a lottery to play the role of Everyone.
He said it was intentional on the part of the playwright.
“It speaks to the theme of the play, that a series of contingent circumstances has been conveyed in life, whether it’s our birth, where we lived, or how fate affects us,” Knight said.
“I think what the playwright means is that we have to be ready for anything, and sometimes we are heroes in our life story, and sometimes we are minor players in someone else’s life story. We just have to show up and play our part.”
Knight said the play dealt with topics of particular relevance to today’s audiences.
“Is there any sense in the randomness of someone who gets sick? Who’s doing well? What does it mean when we face the great unknown, what happens after our time here is over? he said.
Knight said it was exciting to bring nine actors on stage and present “amazing talent” in the hallway.
“This is a play that really showcases each of the actors,” he said. “This is a performance that allows for a lot of flexibility in casting not only related to race and gender, but also body types and age, and is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing artists who come together here and tell a story. “.
Everything will be directed by Beau Frazier and will be his directorial debut at the Riverside Theatre.
It will run from July 21 to August 6.
Flick is playing at the Riverside Theatre. Here’s what to expect.
The story follows three young, underpaid employees who go about their lives while they maintain one of the last 35mm movie projectors in a Massachusetts movie theater called The Flick.
Angie Tumsen, director, told Press-Citizen in an email that while digital innovation has grown significantly over the past decade, it has created “entirely new ways to hide from each other.”
“It’s very difficult for these characters to articulate what’s going on inside them and ask for what they need, and their response is to talk about the films they’ve seen. Actors they love,” she said.
According to Tumsen, it is thanks to films that they can communicate and find a common language. This shared connection through the film adds another element that viewers can interact with in Flick.
“I think the play is also something of a love letter to what movies are and to the act of storytelling and how that can sometimes give us vocabulary and points of reference that we might not otherwise have.” ” Knight said.
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Annie Baker’s “Flick” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014.
The Pulitzer Prize website describes Flick as “a thoughtful drama with well-developed characters” that conveys “lives rarely seen on stage.”
Baker is a playwright and teacher.
Tumsen said she wants to direct this production because Baker’s work “reflects how we express or fail to express our wants and needs” in our increasingly digital world.
“Her characters and scripts are poetically mundane and familiar, but reveal an almost operatic emotional undertone,” she said. “Her writing is deeply layered and provides so much room for character development.”
Flick will run from November 25 to December 11. Visit the Riverside Theater website to purchase tickets.
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