P o l a r i s (a tragedy expansion pack)

May 3, 2019

05:30 PM

Theatre Building, David Thayer Theatre

200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Presented by the Department of Theatre Arts
Iowa New Play Festival 2019 Production

P o l a r i s (a tragedy expansion pack)
By Charles Green
Directed by Erica Vannon
Friday, May 3 at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.
David Thayer Theatre

P o l a r i s  (a tragedy expansion pack) is a sci-fi memory play that follows Polaris, an astronaut who arrives on an alien planet while searching for his kidnapped brother. But as Polaris falls deeper into the unearthly maze, filled with traps and puzzles that seem, somehow, to be drawn from his own childhood, the true human reality of his loss and pain begins to materialize—and all the imagination and fantasy in the world can no longer mask the truth of his heartbreak.

This production contains language surrounding depression and suicide. Strobe lighting effects will be used and there will be sudden, loud explosion sounds.

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For more than forty years, the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has presented an annual festival centered on producing, reading, and analyzing new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Preparing eleven new plays and presenting them in a single week is a monumental undertaking that is only possible through the utilization of UI Department of Theatre Arts’ wide-ranging resources in acting, directing, design, dramaturgy, stage management, and technical support. Through staged readings, workshops, and productions, Festival showcases the process of new play development.

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