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Apr 29, 2024

Apr 29, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Join us for the Welcome Reception and Guest Panel for the kick-off of Iowa New Play Festival 2024!

Apr 29, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Forgottonia By Eli Campbell Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz In 1987, the people of Forgottonia, Illinois are on the edge of poverty. In a last-ditch effort to save their town, they enter the Prison Sweepstakes, which would win them a government-funded prison (and all the jobs that come with it). But competing for a prison drags out more than they were bargaining for. Guest Roundtable to follow.

Apr 29, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Anti-Hero: Revenge of the Swifties By Derick Edgren Otero Directed by Meredith Healy Fourteen-year-old Cora harasses a prominent music critic and his family into changing his scathing review of a country-turned-pop star's most divisive record. When he ignores her demands, an entire fandom works to save their queen's #reputation. Please be advised this production includes hate speech and implied child abuse.

Apr 29, 2024

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Anti-Hero: Revenge of the Swifties By Derick Edgren Otero Directed by Meredith Healy Fourteen-year-old Cora harasses a prominent music critic and his family into changing his scathing review of a country-turned-pop star's most divisive record. When he ignores her demands, an entire fandom works to save their queen's #reputation. Please be advised this production includes hate speech and implied child abuse.

Apr 30, 2024

Apr 30, 2024

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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A roundtable discussion of Anti-Hero: Revenge of the Swifties by Derick Edgren Otero.

Apr 30, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Leeches By Adrian Enzastiga Directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito Leeches is a full-length play that takes place at an eviction court in an ambiguously Midwest post-pandemic U.S. city. The play explores the process of an eviction, the cycle of poverty, and the corrupt oppression of the American capitalist system: Eviction court is a no man’s land; tenants’ rights are crushed under landlord’s command, and social workers (can) do little to offer a h...

Apr 30, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Spells for Going Forth by Daylight By Leigh M. Marshall Directed by Josh Turner In a world where the Roman Empire meets the 24-hour news cycle, Cleo wakes up in the Egyptian Realm of the Dead without a Book of Life to guide her to Paradise. As she tries to navigate her way through a treacherous afterlife filled with traps and predators, she finds she's able to tap into broadcasts from the living world that indicate her empire is on the brink of ...

Apr 30, 2024

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Spells for Going Forth by Daylight By Leigh M. Marshall Directed by Josh Turner In a world where the Roman Empire meets the 24-hour news cycle, Cleo wakes up in the Egyptian Realm of the Dead without a Book of Life to guide her to Paradise. As she tries to navigate her way through a treacherous afterlife filled with traps and predators, she finds she's able to tap into broadcasts from the living world that indicate her empire is on the brink of ...

May 1, 2024

May 1, 2024

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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A roundtable discussion of Spells for Going Forth by Daylight by Leigh M. Marshall.

May 1, 2024

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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A roundtable discussion of American Rusałki: a play with music by Christopher Lysik.

May 1, 2024

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series And the Past Remains By Poonam Dhir Directed by Johanna Kasimow An exploration of kinship, commitment and recollection. Using non-linear etches in time and a series of shared moments, the story of a family and a childhood unfolds. A dramatic event grounds this vulnerable account. Through memory, witnessing and intimate encounters, And the Past Remains explores ideas of duty, devotion and belief. Guest Roundtable to follow.

May 1, 2024

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Well Spoken By Alex Lead Directed by Søren Olsen An elderly gay moving out west rummages a nearby playground for a missing chunk of his brain. With the gate closing in two hours, he must convince the audience to watch his upcoming television show before he either loses too much blood or misses the plane. Whichever comes first. Performed by the author, Well Spoken is a meditation on the black diaspora, the queer diaspora, and ancestry. Guest Roundt...

May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series The Words of Ants By Xiaoyan Kang Directed by Nina Morrison The visit of an uninvited woman changes Y's life forever. As the last natural inheritor, Y embarks upon a journey to preserve an almost extinct language, but at what cost? Guest Roundtable to follow.

May 2, 2024

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series Selections from the Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop

May 2, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series American Rusałki a play with music By Christopher Lysik Directed by Kayla Adams Set in 1800s, rural New England, a small town on the outskirts of a forest find themselves at the center of a storm—facing consequences from a sin that plagued the lands long ago. As several townspeople find themselves facing terrible obstacles, they will soon discover exactly what they're willing to do for those they love.

May 2, 2024

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series American Rusałki a play with music By Christopher Lysik Directed by Kayla Adams Set in 1800s, rural New England, a small town on the outskirts of a forest find themselves at the center of a storm—facing consequences from a sin that plagued the lands long ago. As several townspeople find themselves facing terrible obstacles, they will soon discover exactly what they're willing to do for those they love.

May 3, 2024

May 3, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series birdWatching By Cianon Jones A nature documentary. Guest Roundtable to follow.

May 3, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical Book & Lyrics by K.T. Peterson Music by K.T. Peterson and Paige Scott Directed and Choreographed by Michael C. Flores Razor Creek is a rock concert in coal-mining country, Kentucky. It is 1935, and residents get on best they can; fighting the devil, cracking jokes, staying alive, but when Razor Creek experiences an out-of-the-ordinary hardship, like the disappearance of a beloved invalid woman in town, r...

May 3, 2024

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Production Series Razor Creek: a folk-rock, sci-fi musical Book & Lyrics by K.T. Peterson Music by K.T. Peterson and Paige Scott Directed and Choreographed by Michael C. Flores Razor Creek is a rock concert in coal-mining country, Kentucky. It is 1935, and residents get on best they can; fighting the devil, cracking jokes, staying alive, but when Razor Creek experiences an out-of-the-ordinary hardship, like the disappearance of a beloved invalid woman in town, r...

May 4, 2024

May 4, 2024

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Iowa New Play Festival – Reading Series No Gun Salute for Ofeke By Sixtus Igbokwe Directed by Patrick Adu After his fourth and final attempt to be admitted into the Ikenga masquerade cult, Ofeke gives up his quest for true manhood which the cult confers on its subjects. His resignation from the pursuit is accompanied by a detest for it, for in his words, “They failed, not I.” But his sudden discovery of a personal secret of the cult leader, Obosi, offers Ofeke a real bargaining voice, bu...

May 4, 2024

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Join us for This is Only a Test, a standup comedy showcase.