Quad City Arts is pleased to announce Arts Dollars grants for the 2019 cycle. Applications are welcome from individual artists, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations partnering with artists. All art forms are eligible. Since 1990, Quad City Arts has supported the local art community by awarding more than $1,000,000 in grants to local artists, non-profit organizations, and schools.

After receiving dozens of national and local entries for its second-annual contest, the QC Theatre Workshop will present the six winners and finalists in the 2018 Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival during a special two-part event, with readings of three different scripts performed at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10.

Quad City Arts is pleased to announce Arts Dollar$ grants for the 2018 cycle. Applications are welcome from individual artists, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations partnering with artists. All art forms are eligible.
In 2018, Quad City Arts will grant more than $90,000 to local artists and organizations. The application process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline.

Added Performances for Broken
After selling out the initial three-weekend run of performances of the world-premiere of Aaron Randolph’s Broken the QC
Theatre Workshop has added three additional performances to meet the high demand – one of which has already sold out.
Broken, produced in partnership with Braking Traffik and supported by a grant from the Regional Development

For the first production in the company's sixth season, Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop will present a world-premiere drama: author Aaron Randolph III's Broken, running August 25 through September 10.

WHAT: Poetry Out Loud Regional Recitation Contest - free & open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Annawan High School, 501 W. South St, Annawan, IL

Just two-and-a-half years ago, the QC Theatre Workshop was founded by a small group of passionate artists who believed that the Quad Cities deserves intimate, powerful, and accessible theatre. Thanks to your support, we have been able to make that happen!

Not only have thousands of our community members experienced our productions, but many of you have decided to support our work with generous donations. So far this season, we have raised more than $4,000! For a small company like ours, this is a big step. But there's so much more to do.

The best way to make great theatre is by hiring professional artists. Theatre is a massively time-consuming endeavor, and hiring artists not only allows a company to support local talent, but it provides a higher quality theatrical experience to you, our community.

Thanks to your support...
the QC Theatre Workshop is now a professional theatre company!

Beginning with our next production - A Steady Rain - all Workshop actors, staff, and designers will be paid for their time and talents. Initially, these stipends will be very small, as we simply do not have the financial ability to pay artists what they're worth...yet! But this is an important step, and as we grow our financial resources - with your help - we will increase these stipends and continue to secure the brightest talents in the Quad Cities.

Think of what we have accomplished so far with an all-volunteer staff...

  • the dynamic two-man drama RED
  • the groundbreaking and powerful locally-written A Green River
  • the heartwarming and heartbreaking concert revue Last Call
  • the wacky and hilarious blockbuster Bat Boy: The Musical

...and those are just four of the ten shows we have presented, all under our "Pay What It's Worth" ticket pricing policy, which guarantees every member of our community equal access to theatre, regardless of financial means.

Just think of what we can accomplish as a professional theatre company!

The future is bright for the Workshop. We're glad you're along for the ride!

Tyson Danner

Davenport's QC Theatre Workshop will host auditions for its summer production, Nina Raine's family drama Tribes, on Saturday, February 21 at 5:00pm, with performances scheduled for June 12 - 28. Directed by Augustana College theatre instructor Jennifer Popple, Tribes features roles for three women and three men, ages early 20s through early 60s, with two of the roles requiring some performance of sign language.

The recipient of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Tribes tells the story of a young deaf man born into a hearing family, whose parents - wanting to protect him from feeling like an outcast - prevent him from learning sign language. However, when he meets a young woman who is losing her hearing and is already fluent in sign, deeper questions about family, community, beliefs, traditions, and communication are raised in this smart and moving new work that the Chicago Tribune called "uncommonly fine play," and the New Yorker magazine deemed "extraordinary."

Raine's unique drama employs both speech and sign language - with the latter being interpreted for hearing audiences via projected super-titles - and two of Tribes' cast members will be asked to perform sign language in their roles. But while prior familiarity with sign language will be beneficial, it is not required, as rehearsals will be set aside for the actors to focus exclusively on sign.

Female actors are sought for the roles of Beth (50s/60s), Ruth (20s), and Sylvia (20s), and male actors for the roles of Christopher (50s/60s), Daniel (20s), and Billy (20s). Those auditioning will be asked to perform a memorized dramatic monologue of two minutes or fewer and be prepared to read from the script. Rehearsals will begin in early May, with opening night scheduled for Friday, June 12.

Prior to Tribes, the QC Theatre Workshop will present its two spring productions. The first production of 2015 is author Keith Huff's Broadway smash A Steady Rain. Running March 13 - 28, and described by the Chicago Tribune as "a gritty, rich, thick, poetic, and entirely gripping noir" this tale of two Chicago cops and a horrific shooting reunites the team who initiated the Workshop's 2012 debut production of RED: director Tyson Danner and co-stars Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor. In May, the Workshop with partner with Dress for Success Quad Cities to present a benefit production of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore May 15 - 17.

and other events at the QC Theatre Workshop, call (563)650-2396 or e-mail info@QCTheatreWorkshop.org, and visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org and Facebook.com/QCTheatreWorkshop.

A Steady Rain Performances

Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Love, Loss and What I Wore

Performances

Friday, May 15, 7:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 17, 3pm

Tribes Performances

Friday, June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 14, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 21, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 28, 3 p.m.

This month, the QC Theatre Workshop will run an online campaign to help fund its upcoming 2015 productions. The QC Theatre Workshop's first large-scale fundraising effort will begin December 1, 2014. The final day of the campaign will be January 1, 2015. Donations can be made safely and securely through the company's website: QCTheatreWorkshop.org.

In August 2012, the Workshop started from scratch in a former elementary-school gymnasium with its dynamic production of John Logan's RED. In the following two and a half years, the dedicated and dynamic company has presented 10 productions, including such memorable hits as Last Call, Bat Boy: The Musical, and the world premiere of Aaron Randolph III's A Green River, which was later produced at Augustana College, and was highlighted in a documentary feature on WQPT.

Dedicated to providing powerful theatre that is accessible to everyone in the Quad Cities community, every Workshop production is offered under its "Pay What It's Worth" pricing policy, allowing patrons to determine their own ticket price based on the quality of the production, their financial ability, and their interest in supporting live theatre.

"An incredible number of new businesses fail within their first two years," says Tyson Danner, the Workshop's Artistic Director. "Not only have we survived, but we have thrived. That's incredible for any small business, let alone a brand-new nonprofit arts organization. Our success is entirely due to the support we've received from our audiences."

Danner and the theatre's Board of Directors have decided that the growing company is ready to take the next step. This season, the Workshop will begin to pay selected positions in each production, with the goal of paying all directors, designers, staff, and actors by next season.

"Paying artists is the single biggest key to our future success," says Danner. "Not only do they deserve to be compensated for the tremendous amount of time and energy they offer, but it will also allow us to secure the right people for the right positions. Not everyone has the luxury of spending weeks working on a play for free. We want to make sure that - just like everyone can afford to see a play at the Workshop - everyone can afford to participate in our productions."

The funds raised will also go toward supporting the practical costs of producing theatre, such as lighting equipment, sets, props, performance rights, and costumes for the Workshop's upcoming productions of A Steady Rain and Tribes. A Steady Rain will be a reunion of the original trio behind RED: director Tyson Danner and actors Mike Schulz and Thomas Alan Taylor. A Steady Rain performances will take place March 13 - March 29. Following A Steady Rain, the company will partner with Dress for Success Quad Cities for a benefit performance of Nora Ephron's and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore in mid-May. Rounding out its third season, the Workshop will present Nina Raine's Tribes June 12 - June 28.

For further information, please call (563)650-2396 or e-mail info@QCTheatreWorkshop.org, and visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org and Facebook.com/QCTheatreWorkshop.

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 info@QCTheatreWorkshop.org, and visit QCTheatreWorkshop.org and Facebook.com/QCTheatreWorkshop.

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

(563)650-2396

info@QCTheatreWorkshop.org

QCTheatreWorkshop.org

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