Smile Medicine

Nov 12, 2021

08:00 PM

Theatre Building,

200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Smile Medicine by Dakota Parobek. Illustration of a dog and bird sitting on a brick wall looking at a smiling moon with a halo.

Smile Medicine
By Dakota Parobek
Directed by Paul Kalina

November 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 p.m.
November 14 at 2:00 p.m.
E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Building

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 explores the timely themes of depression, loss, regret, and hope through humor, lamentation, and music.

This performance contains strong language, ableist language, discussions of animal abuse, substance abuse, sexual assault, and suicidal ideation. Theatrical haze and strobe lighting effects will be used.

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$20 Adults
$15 Seniors (65+)
$10 Students & Youth
$5 UI Students (with valid ID)

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319-335-1160 or online at hancher.uiowa.edu/tickets.

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