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Riverside Theatre Opens 32nd Season With True West by Sam Shepard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:40

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, opens its 2012-2013 Season on Friday, September 7th with the explosive and acidly comical True West by Sam Shepard, directed by Ron Clark.

True West is about two brothers with a score to settle. Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar movie project and Lee, a desert drifter and a thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters, are reunited at their mother’s home while she is away and a struggle for dominance ensues.

True West is sibling rivalry on steroids,” said Director Ron Clark. “The two brothers could not be more different. They both despise and envy each other, which I think is always the foundation of sibling rivalry.”

True West is considered to be a modern American classic and Shepard is revered as one of the greatest living playwrights of our time.

True West features Iowa City actors Tim Budd as Austin and Sean Christopher Lewis as Lee.  Scot West of Chicago returns to Riverside as Saul Kimmer and Riverside Theatre Artistic Director Jody Hovland rounds out the cast as Mom.

“They’re the A-Team that brings the play to life,” Clark said. “It demands virtroso acting that can plumb the mysteries of the relationships. The turnabouts come fast and furious; the action is explosive.”

True West also features scenic design by Shawn Ketchum Johnson, lighting design by Courtney Schmitz Watson, costume design by Osean Perez, and sound design by Drew Bielinski. Jason Tipsword choreographs the fight work.

Since the scenic design includes numerous toasters, Riverside Theatre is seeking donations of two-slot, old-school toasters (working and non-working) for the production. Donated toasters will not be returned. Toasters may be dropped off at the Box Office at 213 N. Gilbert St, Noon - 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Tickets for True West, September 7 – September 30, are $15-$28 with discounts available for those over 60, those under 30, and youth. $15 students rush tickets are available on a first come first served basis 20 minutes before curtain. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online at or in person at the Riverside Theatre Box Office, located at 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA.


Photo information:

From left: Sean Christopher Lewis and Tim Budd in True West at Riverside Theatre, September 7 – September 30. Photo by Bob Goodfellow.

Performance Schedule

Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m.*

Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September at 23 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

*Talkback Sunday, September 9 - Stay after this performance to chat with company members and gain behind-the-scenes info about the play. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Season-Opening Open House - Sunday, August 26, 2 - 4 p.m.

See behind the scenes before the season starts at the Riverside Theatre Open House. Start out in the Scene Shop, where sets for all the productions are built, and take a tour that includes the backstage area, the dressing room, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Enter the Scene Shop directly via the alley that runs behind the building/parking lot or go to the lobby. For more info, call 319-338-7672.

True West Thursday Theatre Talk - August 30, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

In Sam Shepard’s True West, dualities abound; there are two brothers, one a city guy, the other coming out of the desert; one is an upwardly mobile screenwriter in Hollywood, the other a drifter and a thief. But gradually they switch roles, and, indeed, in a number of well-known productions the leading actors have alternated as Austin and Lee. Join Miriam Gilbert and Harry Stecopoulos, University of Iowa Department of English, as they discuss Shepard’s play and its vision of America.


The Fox on the Fairway opens at The Old Creamery Theatre Sept. 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:31

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Amana – It’s time once again for the annual golf tournament between rival country clubs. A large bet is wagered on the outcome with the winner seeming to be the one who can cheat the best. The rulebook goes out the window, while the laughs roll in during The Fox on the Fairway, a brand new comedy by Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo.

The Fox on the Fairway opens Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. on the Main Stage in Amana and runs through Oct. 7. The cast consists of Ryan Gaffney of Manchester, Amber Snyder of East Amana, Alan Knoll of St. Louis, Deborah Kennedy and Tom Milligan, both of West Amana and Marquetta Senters of South Amana.

Tickets for The Fox on the Fairway are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats are still available. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit us online at Student rush tickets are $12. No reservations accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. Rated Theatre PG-13, The Fox on the Fairway will keep you howling until the last putt gets sunk!

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Local students participate in summer program at Purdue University PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Purdue News Service   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:17

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (08/20/2012)(readMedia)-- Local students took the first step in becoming Boilermakers by participating in the annual STAR program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.

The participants included:

Lauren Zust of Bettendorf, IA

Madison Schmid of Bettendorf, IA

Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) is Purdue's program for new undergraduate students to receive academic advice and create their initial course schedule. Incoming students select their one-day STAR session and come to Purdue's West Lafayette campus to conduct this and other important business.

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity and innovation. It's a place for those who seek a first-class education balanced by the drive to make their ideas real.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue's role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that's without rival.

Riverside Theatre to Host Behind the Scenes Open House Sunday, Aug. 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:02

Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, is celebrating the opening of its 32nd Season with an Open House on Sunday, August 26, 2-4 p.m.

Peek behind the stage curtain before the 2012-2013 season starts with True West. Riverside Theatre will open the doors to areas of the theatre you don’t typically see when you come for a show.

Start out in the Scene Shop, where sets for all of the productions are built, and take a tour that includes the backstage area, the green room, and much more.

There will also be a rehearsal of Sam Shepard’s True West in progress during the Open House, from 2-4 p.m. Get a glimpse of a Gilbert Street show in the making as director Ron Clark works with the actors on this acidly comic masterpiece.

For the Open House enter the Scene Shop directly via the alley that runs behind the building/parking lot, or go to the Riverside Theatre lobby.

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

For more information call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.


Employee of 34 years receives national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Coppock   
Monday, 20 August 2012 15:30
August 20, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa -

Joan Sammons, 80, from Cedar Rapids was awarded the Spotlight Award from the American Association of Community Theatres.  She was presented with this award by Rod McCullough, past president of the AACT at the Theatre Cedar Rapids Ovations Ceremony, an annual event to recognize TCR volunteers.    "Joan represents the highest level of commitment to the theatre she has served and, thus, the community she lives in.  AACT is pleased to be able to recognize Joan and Theatre Cedar Rapids," commented McCullough in his remarks to the 250 person audience.

Sammons recently retired from Theatre Cedar Rapids after working over 33 years in various positions throughout the organization.  At the event, Sammons was also named a Fed Hedges Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  This TCR award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a life-long commitment and passion for theatre and the performing arts. "For years Joan was the theatre's administrative staff in its entirety - accountant, receptionist, box office manager. Though she professes to not be a "theatre person," she was, in truth, more of a community theatre person than most of us.  She was the community theatre's essence.... always so incredibly warm , welcoming and committed to volunteers and patrons alike, that I always felt she embodied what this community theatre is all about," said J David Carey, TCR Finance Director and longtime friend of Sammons.  "Her day to day presence will be missed but her positive influence on this organization and the thousands of people she inspired serves as her legacy."

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is the national voice of community theatre. As part of that responsibility, AACT seeks out and recognizes the efforts of the most important aspect of community theatre:  the people who come together to make it happen. AACT evaluates award nominations from the communities that support over 5,000 theatres in the U.S.

For more information, contact:

Theatre Cedar Rapids
Julie Coppock

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