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Athis and Ehrecke to perform in Luther's production of 'A Thread in the Dark' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:10

DECORAH, IA (10/02/2014)(readMedia)-- Michael Ehrecke, Luther College senior of Davenport, Iowa, and Lis Athas, Luther College senior of Blue Grass, Iowa, will perform as Nurse in Luther's Visual and Performing Arts production of "A Thread in the Dark," by Hella Haasse.

"A Thread in the Dark" is the story of an individual challenging gods, heroes, myths and monsters in pursuit of truth. In the story, Ariadne watches her father, King Minos, send 14 young men and women into the labyrinth as sacrifice to the minotaur each year. Horrified, Ariadne feels helpless to act, until Theseus is called in as a sacrifice. Buoyed by her love for Theseus, Ariadne finds the courage to demand that her father spare the lives of this year's 14. Instead, she soon discovers that deep within the labyrinth, there are secrets and terrors more horrible than monsters.

The performances, held in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the Luther campus, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

Ehrecke, the son of Mark and Nancy Ehrecke, is majoring in theatre at Luther. He is a 2011 graduate of Davenport West High School.

Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults, $5 for children five and under. Tickets can be purchased at Luther's ticket website,, by calling the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357, or by visiting the Luther Ticket Office, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

"A Thread in the Dark" is directed by guest director, Ylfa Muindi.

Recently Muindi wrote and performed her one-woman show, "Typhoid Fever", as part of Chicago's long running fringe festival, Rhino Fest. She regularly collaborates with Redmoon Theater, which used her puppets for "Astronaut's Birthday" at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In Chicago she has also worked with Collaboraction, Curious Theater Branch, Rough House, Screen Door Productions and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Muindi's unique style is evident in all her productions. She says, "I utilize puppetry, spectacle, and robust physical performance to tell stories in ways that overcome the barriers created by language, ability and societal norms."

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Written by Shannon Wallace   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:19

All regional and local artists are encouraged to apply to the 2014 Holiday Thieves’ Market and Annual Wine Tasting by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7.

Iowa City, IA, (October 1, 2014) CALLING ALL ARTISTS— The application deadline for the 2014 Holiday Thieves’ Market is quickly approaching. Since the 1970s and each year since, local and Midwest artists have applied to the historic fine arts show that features artwork across a wide breadth of genres. All artists are encouraged to apply by OCTOBER 7. Applications are available at

The Fine Arts Council is proud to present the Holiday Thieves’ Market and Annual Wine Tasting; an indoor exhibition held annually that showcases the work of artists across Iowa, the Midwest, and beyond. The 2014 show will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union located in downtown Iowa City. Admission is free and open to the public.

All patrons 21 years and older are invited to participate in the event’s free Annual Wine Tasting from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. Area wine vendors, including Odessa Vineyards and more, will showcase a selection of their wines for patrons to sample and enjoy.

The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, non-profit student organization that strives to support and promote community artists within the Iowa City/Coralville area and beyond. The council organizes two professional fine arts exhibitions throughout the year, the Riverbank Art Fair in late April and the Holiday Thieves’ Market in December. Both shows support arts outreach within the community while supporting local artists in a unique, enjoyable, and welcoming atmosphere.


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Written by Christina A. Patramanis   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:07

October 1, 2014 – Iowa City, Iowa – This fall, Riverside Theatre brings to Iowa City KIMBERLY AKIMBO, David Lindsay-Abaire’s quirky comedy, directed by Sean Christopher Lewis.

Kimberly is your regular teenager, except that she has an age-advancing genetic disease, an alcoholic father, a pregnant, hypochondriac mother and a pesky criminal aunt.  Now she is facing the most terrifying thing of all… the possibility of first love.

Featuring Jody Hovland as Kimberly, with Tim Budd, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, and Frankie Rose.  Budd, Houchins-Witt, Hovland and Mooers were all seen in the cast of Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE last January at Riverside.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO runs Thursday–Sunday, October 17–November 2, 2014.  Tickets: Adults, $28-30; Youth, $18, Student Rush, $20.   Details at, or by phone at 319-338-7672.   Riverside Theatre is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

KIMBERLY AKIMBO is the second show of Riverside’s 34th season of professional theatre.



"It's rare to find a play that is both incredibly poignant on topics like loneliness and love but that can still stay completely hysterical and surprising throughout." -Sean Christopher Lewis, Director 

Moving suddenly to Bogota (pronounced buh-GO-da), New Jersey in the 80’s is tough, especially with a dysfunctional family, especially as a teenage girl with an extremely rare age-advancing disease.  But Kimberly has more to deal with than being 16 and looking 70 – her family is hiding a secret and is hoping that they’ll be safe in Bogota….

The play contains coarse language.

The Characters:

Kimberly Levaco (Jody Hovland):  A sixteen year old girl who has an age-advancing genetic disease.  Besides trying to do her schoolwork like a normal teenager, she’s dating a boy for the first time… and helping her homeless aunt commit a little fraud.

Pattie Levaco, Kimberly’s Mom (Carrie Houchins-Witt):  A very pregnant, sharp-tongued hypochondriac with casts on both arms (carpel tunnel surgery) who is hiding a very big secret from the world.

Buddy Levaco, Kimberly’s Dad (Tim Budd): A good natured alcoholic who loves his family but while at the bar forgets important domestic details, like dinner, and Kimberly’s birthday.

Jeff McCracken, Kimberly’s love interest (Frankie Rose): An awkward teenage boy in Kimberly’s class who plays Dungeons & Dragons and studies the “puzzleistic arts”, especially anagrams, and who has a big crush on Kimberly.

Debra, Kimberly’s aunt (Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers): Homeless, foul-mouthed and resourceful, Debra follows the Levaco family from town to town causing criminal mischief.  Though she is unstable, she is emotionally close with Kimberly.

The play is brought to life by professional designers Courtney Schmitz (Scenic & Lighting Designer), Sarah Pipho (Costume Designer), and Sean Christopher Lewis (Sound Designer & Director).


Sean Christopher Lewis is a director, actor and playwright. His work has won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, NEA Voices in Community Award, Smith Prize, Barrymore Award and numerous other awards. With Riverside he has directed Mary’s Wedding, Goat Show, Marion Bridge, Venus in Fur, The Syringa Tree and Manning Up. He has also directed for the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Rwanda and at the Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona. Lewis is the artist director of Working Group Theatre.


Fri 10/17, 7:30pm

Sat 10/18, 7:30pm

Sun 10/19, 2:00pm


Thurs 10/23, 7:30pm

Fri 10/24, 7:30pm

Sat 10/25, 7:30pm

Sun 10/26, 2:00pm


Thurs 10/30, 7:30pm

Fri 10/31, 7:30pm

Sat 11/1, 7:30pm

Sun 11/2, 2:00pm


Post-performance Talkbacks:  Sunday, October 19 & Friday, October 24.  Stay after the show on these dates to discuss the play with the actors.



The Old Creamery Theatre Announces its 2015 Main Stage Season! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 10:47

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971, and is proud to be the oldest professional theatre company in the state of Iowa. In 2015, the company will be celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. Located in the Amana Colonies, the Old Creamery Theatre is just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Starting their 2015 Main Stage season off is Thorton Wilder’s charming romantic comedy, The Matchmaker, which opens April 30 and runs through May 21. A cheap storeowner refuses to let his niece marry the poor artist she has fallen in love with. All the while the storeowner plans to remarry with the assistance of Dolly Levi, the Matchmaker played by Marquetta Senters, who pretends to help the storeowner find a bride but she schemes to marry him herself and she works to help the young lovers.

After that, Roger Bean’s The Andrews Brothers takes the stage on June 4 through June 28. A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to appear, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show! Mistaken identities and madcap adventure along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

Summer brings tons of fun with Shear Madness, voted "Best Comedy of the Year" seven times by the Boston Globe! Shear Madness opens on July 23 and goes through August 16. This unique comic-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon.  During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery seen on stage. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. Shear Madness is By Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan.

When autumn begins, the circus comes to town! Barnum opens September 10 and runs through September 27. Join the Circus! - and be drawn into the boundless imagination of America’s Greatest Showman - P. T. Barnum. From humble beginnings to a life under the Big Top this exhilarating musical celebrates the life and dreams of the man whose colorful vision helped define entertainment for generations and gave us the Greatest Show on Earth! Barnum is written by Mark Bramble with lyrics by Michael Stewart and music by Cy Coleman.

After that is The Church Basement Ladies in: The Last

(Potluck) Supper, that runs from October 8 to November 8.

Those lovable Church Basement Ladies are back, one last time, for the last (potluck) supper! Lots of hilarity and brand new musical numbers! Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Written by Greta Grosch. Music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.

The Old Creamery’s final show of the 2015 season is Nuncrackers by Dan Goggin, opening on November 19 and running through December 20. You won't want to miss the Little Sisters of Hoboken from Nunsense as they return to The Old Creamery's stage to put their patented spin on celebrating the holidays. Reverend Mother and her crew will provide plenty of Christmas music and more laughs than you can shake a candy cane at.

We hope that you’ll check out the Old Creamery Theatre’s shows this year! Trust us, you’re sure to see a show worth talking about!

Season tickets are now on sale! Save up to 50% off of regular ticket price! Beat the rush and save big bucks!

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. In 2015, the company will be celebrating 44 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

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Written by Tyson Danner   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:12

For its tenth production, the QC Theatre Workshop is staging a creepy and hilarious off-Broadway hit just in time for Halloween – Bat Boy: The Musical. Running October 24 through November 9, this campy, critically-acclaimed title is only the second musical to be produced during the company's history, and among its 10-person cast, nine of Bat Boy's performers will be making their debuts on the Workshop stage.

Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented at the QC Theatre Workshop (1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, IA) Fridays through Sundays, October 24 through November 9. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and the Sunday shows start at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. Due to its occasional violence and some mild language, the musical is recommended for patrons of middle-school age or older.

Winner of the “Best Off-Broadway Musical” citation at the 2001 Outer Critic Circle Awards, Bat Boy: The Musical found its origins in the famed, fabricated Weekly World News articles about a half-bat/half-boy who was found living in a cave in rural West Virginia. Using these stories as their inspiration, composer/lyricist Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical) and book writers Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming constructed a riotous, spooky, and surprisingly touching tale of a misunderstood creature, the family who takes him in, and the townsfolk who want him destroyed.

With The New Yorker describing the show as “a giggly cult hit,” and with CurtainUp praising its “peppy and melodic pop-rock score,” Bat Boy is a musical that the Workshop's Artistic Director Tyson Danner – who also serves as the production's music director – has long wanted to stage.

“I have adored this crazy show for years, and have been waiting for the chance to produce it on our stage. And after Last Call was such a hit last year, we know our audiences are eager for more musicals,” says Danner.

James Fairchild serves as Bat Boy's director and has extensive experience in stage musicals, having appeared in the Workshop's Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim, the District Theatre's Avenue Q and Rent, and the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's Fiddler on the Roof, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and The Full Monty. His directing résumé, meanwhile, includes presentations ranging from the musical A New Brain to the comedy A Tuna Christmas to the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt.

Portraying the title character is area actor Calvin Vo, who previously played Bay Boy in Augustana College's 2012 presentation of the show. With his other area credits including roles in Countryside Community Theatre's South Pacific and Genesius Guild's Twelfth Night and Coriolanus, Vo served as sound designer for the Workshop's How I Learned to Drive but is now making his acting debut on the Workshop stage – along with eight other members of the show's 10-person cast.

“The Quad Cities has a wealth of hilarious, talented actors – many of whom don’t get enough opportunities to perform,” says Danner. “We’re thrilled to have so many new faces involved. Every show we’ve produced has had at least actor new to our stage, and this time we get nine!”

Included among Bat Boy's ensemble are: Jenny Winn (Quad City Music Guild's Les Misérables; the District Theatre's Company); Becca Meumann Johnson (Music Guild's Legally Blonde: The Musical; the Center for Living Arts' All Shook Up); Kailey Ackermann (Augustana's Bat Boy; the Center for Living Arts' Rent); Macy Hernandez (Augustana's The Secret Garden and The Arsonists); Aaron Lord (the Center for Living Arts' Spring Awakening and Bare); Brant Peitersen (Countryside's Shrek: The Musical); Keenen Wilson (Columbia College

Chicago's Guys & Dolls); and 16-year-old Ty Lane (Bettendorf High School's The Music Man; Davenport Junior Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Bat Boy's cast is rounded out by Workshop veteran Mike Schulz, whose most recent credits include roles in 'Art' and True West, and the show's pianist is Marcia Renaud, the music director and organist at Salem Lutheran Church in Moline who also serves as accompanist for the Quad City Singers.

“It speaks to the quality of our work thus far that so many experienced artists are interested in working at the Workshop,” says Danner. “It is very challenging to find staff locally, but show after show we wind up with fantastic artistic leadership – and this show is a real standout in that regard.”

As with the Workshop's nine previous productions, Bat Boy: The Musical will be presented under the Workshop's “Pay What It's Worth” pricing policy in which guests see the play first and then pay on their way out, allowing viewers to determine what the experience was worth to them personally. This innovative strategy was designed to create a wholly accessible theatrical experience for patrons regardless of financial means, and the policy's great success – ever since the Workshop's 2012 debut presentation of Red – has allowed it to continue for Bat Boy.

For reservations and more information on Bat Boy: The Musical, please call (563)650-2396 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and visit and

Bat Boy: The Musical Performance Schedule

Friday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 26, 3 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 3 p.m.

Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.

QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804


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