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Young Talent Drives New Ground Theatre's "Journey for a Reason" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 24 June 2003 18:00
Local playwright Chris Jansen recently caught the eye of the media with her innovative musical Journey for a Reason, which is being performed by New Ground Theatre (and directed by the author) through Sunday at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf. But credit should also be given to the young performers in Jansen’s theatrical creation; most of them are college students, and one is just starting sixth grade.

"Bob" Not to Be Taken Lightly, Not to Be Missed: "Almighty Bob" at Circa '21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Walsh   
Tuesday, 17 June 2003 18:00
Though senior citizens, religion, sex, love, and the timely battle between good and evil are all poked fun at in Circa ’21’s current show, playgoers should be prepared to see more than just a lighthearted comedy. Almighty Bob is quite a funny play, but it also lifts the veil from the element that is our ever-present fear – death – and gives us the playwright’s take on how life and death work.

New Ground Takes a "Journey for a Reason" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 20 May 2003 18:00
New Ground Theatre, which this season has produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Wit and Proof, will next month stage a musical about teen suicide. Not only that, but the script of said musical was written by the company’s artistic director, Chris Jansen.

Breast Cancer Gets Busted in One-Woman Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 18:00
When Nancy Heerens-Knudson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, her son – who was in kindergarten at the time – thought she was in the hospital for an elbow problem. He didn’t know about the breast cancer until he was in sixth grade.

Two Perspectives on Hate and Tolerance: Riverside Theatre's "The Laramie Project" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Pearson   
Tuesday, 08 April 2003 18:00
Riverside Theatre’s presentations of The Laramie Project have been sold out for the past two weekends, which in itself speaks for this powerful and brilliantly crafted play. Protests are even scheduled outside the Iowa City theatre on Saturday, April 12, in response to the play.

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