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Culver-Stockton College theatre presents "Assassins" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Culver-Stockton College Communications   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:04

CANTON, MO. (03/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College theatre students will take the stage March 29, 30 and April 1 for their production of "Assassins." This bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny production is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written and is rated R for language and adult content. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Cast members for the production include:

Ian Sodawasser, a sophomore musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa.

Kirsten Sindelar, a junior musical theatre major from Sherrard, Ill..

The production will open March 29 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Little Theatre inside the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. Additional performances will be held March 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. and April 1 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults. Admission is free with Culver-Stockton College identification.

Take a Child to Theatre Day is today March 20th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by TYA USA   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:40

ASSITEJ theatres (TYA/USA) celebrate World Day for Theatre for Children and Young People on March 20

February 14, 2012--Every year, ASSITEJ, the international association of theatre for children and young people (which works in 85 countries across the world), celebrates the World Day for Theatre for Children and Young People on 20 March. The United States ASSITEJ center is called TYA/USA. For the next three years, the global association will be uniting theatres across the world in conveying one message: "Take a child to the theatre today".

"ASSITEJ SA is bringing corporates on board to sponsor children to attend theatre, and we ask companies and receiving houses to open their doors on 20 March to children, young people, and their families," says Yvette Hardie, director of ASSITEJ SA and president of ASSITEJ International. "The 'Take a child to the theatre today' campaign goes to the heart of what ASSITEJ is all about, working to ensure that all children and young people have access to the arts."

Each year, a world leader or artist in theatre for young people is asked to write the message for the ASSITEJ World Day. This year, it will be French-Canadian playwright Suzanne Lebeau. Gcina Mhlope, as well as the Ministers of Arts and Culture, Basic Education and Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities will also be invited to add their voices to the campaign.

Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:55

**Friday, March 16, 2012**


CHICAGO – March 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bill:

Bill No.: HB 1927

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

The bill clarifies the process to allow the court to release seized property - after probable cause for forfeiture is found at the preliminary hearing, but before completion of the criminal case - if a substantial hardship would result from the property being detained until the completion of the forfeiture proceeding.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately


Area Premiere of A Steady Rain at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:54

Iowa City, IA – Up next at Riverside Theatre is the area premiere of the gritty and complex Broadway thriller, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, directed by Joseph Price.


A Steady Rain is about two Chicago cops, Joey and Denny, who are lifelong best friends and partners on the beat until a chain of events spirals out of control threatening their jobs, their friendship and their lives.


“Joey and Denny grew up together and have always lived ‘back to back’ knowing that they could rely on one another no matter the circumstances,” Price said.  “We meet them in a sort of internal affairs purgatory...the men face a world where all seems lost and we witness their struggle to make sense of that world.”


This gripping duologue features area actors Martin Andrews as Joey and Jim Van Valen as Denny.


A Steady Rain was performed on Broadway in 2009 and Huff is currently working on adapting the play for EON Films. Huff is a graduate of the UI’s Playwright Workshop.


"The lives these characters live, what they see and are asked to do on a daily basis - it's slowly wearing them down - destroying them.  Both of them are looking for salvation.  Only one can find it. It's an exciting story to tell with complicated characters to explore," said Andrews.


Andrews is the Producing Director for Working Group Theatre and an MFA graduate of UI. He last appeared at Riverside Theatre in Working Group Theatre’s The Toymaker’s War and Riverside’s All My Sons.


Van Valen is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Cornell College and an MFA graduate of UI. He was last seen in Riverside’s summer productions of Ah, Wilderness! and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.


A Steady Rain also features lighting design by Bryon Winn, sound design by Katherine Horowitz, and costume design by Adriana Fernandez.


A Steady Rain contains strong language and adult content.


Tickets for A Steady Rain, March 30 – April 15, 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.


Immediately following the opening night performance on Friday, March 30 there will be a reception and conversation with Huff in the theatre with a cash bar.


Performance Schedule


Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.*


Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.**


Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.


There will be no performance on Sunday, April 8.


*Reception and conversation with playwright Keith Huff in the theatre with a cash bar immediately following the opening night performance on Friday, March 30.


**Talkback Sunday, April 1 - Stay after this performance to chat with company members and gain behind-the-scenes info about the play. Free and open to the public.

The Hare and the Tortoise opens at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:08
Amana – Hurry U.P. Hare always wins the annual 4th of July footrace through the forest.
In fact, none of the other forest creatures will even try to race against him. But things are
different this year as an expected and rather unique challenger lumbers up to the starting
line. Now it’s Hurry U.P. Hare against Ponderous Plod in The Old Creamery Theatre for
Young Audiences production of The Hare and the Tortoise.

Everybody comes out a winner with this musical retelling of a classic, opening Saturday,
April 7 at 1 p.m. on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage. The Hare and the Tortoise was
written by Gene Mackey with original music by Cheryl Benge.

The cast of The Hare and the Tortoise consists of Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids,
Nicholas Hodge of South Amana, Amber Snyder of Amana, Jackie McCall of Marengo
and Ian Zahren, of South Amana. Directed by Sean McCall, The Hare and the Tortoise
runs through April 21 with shows at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 7 and 14 and at 10 a.m. and
1 p.m. on April 21.

Tickets are only $8 per person and reservations are highly recommended. The Hare and
the Tortoise is sponsored by Scheels with Mix 96.5 as the media sponsor.

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.

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