Smile Medicine

May 1, 2019

06:30 PM

Danforth Chapel,

15 West Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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The Reading Series. All new plays written by graduate students.

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

Smile Medicine
By Dakota Parobek
Directed by Bries Vannon
Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Danforth Chapel

After the sudden loss of their best friend, Good-dog, Sad-bird must adjust to their new life in a world of Angels, Anarchists, Aliens, and the ghost of a disgraced Russian scientist. As Sad-bird searches for their place on earth, Good-dog searches for his place among the stars. Smile Medicine is an exploration of mental illness and grief through humor, lamentation, and music.

This performance contains strong language, discussion of depression, anxiety, and self harm, a moment of non-consensual sexual contact, alcohol and prescription drug use/abuse, and discussion of animal abuse.

Iowa New Play Festival readings are free and open to the public. However, you must obtain a ticket and seating is limited. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each reading or during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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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