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2012-2013 Season Announcement

July 19, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Jody Hovland, is excited to announce its 2012-2013 Gilbert Street Season.

This season---the theatre’s 32nd---opens on September 7, 2012 and runs through April 21, 2013 with six bold productions: an explosive comedy about battling brothers, the world premiere of a comedy about soon-to-be fathers, a one-man show about an outrageous elf, the rolling world premiere of a dark and witty work place comedy, Riverside’s annual monologue festival with this year’s theme “TMI,” and a provocative drama filled with unsettling questions.

True West

September 7 – September 30, 2012

By Sam Shepard

Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar project and Lee, a vagabond thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters, are reunited in their mother’s home. The two brothers battle their demons and each other in Shepard's brutal and acidly funny masterpiece.

Manning Up 

October 12 - October 28, 2012

By Sean Christopher Lewis

The way pregnancy is changing their wives is visible—but long time friends Donnie and Raymond are discovering that fatherhood is changing who they are, too. In this world-premiere, warm-hearted comedy, Martin Andrews and Jim Van Valen (both from last season’s smash A Steady Rain) play two soon-to-be fathers questioning what it means to be a husband…a friend…and a man in today’s times.

The Santaland Diaries                                             

December 7 – 9, 2012

By David Sedaris; Adapted by Joe Mantello

A wacky and witty portrait of a fledgling actor who gets a seasonal job at Macy's Herald Square as one of Santa's underlings. Written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris. Performed by Tim Budd.

The Exit Interview                                                               

January 25 – February 17, 2013

By William Missouri Downs

This raucous comedy breaks every theatre convention. Professor Dick Fig has been fired and must endure an exit interview with Eunice.  Eunice engages in small talk.  Dick expounds on existential theories of alienation. Together, they experience communiqués from God, shameless advertisements, offensive cheerleading, and ever-closer attacks by a masked gunman.  A National New Play Network rolling world premiere.

Walking the Wire: TMI                   

March 1-10, 2013

Our annual celebration of monologues, chosen from submissions by playwrights from across the country. This year’s “too much information” theme guarantees tales with moments of startling revelations… wince-worthy weirdness…and hilarious personal habits (that didn’t really need to be shared). Writer, submissions for Walking the Wire are due September 15. For more info visit


April 5–21, 2013

By David Harrower

Una confronts Ray fifteen years after the end of their relationship, which took place when he was 40 and she was 12. Ray has served prison time and changed his identity, but Una has found him—and she’s seeking answers. Exploding with unresolved issues, this gripping and thought-provoking drama is one of the most daring plays in contemporary theatre. Winner of the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play.

In addition, two special reading will be held this season: 8 on Nov. 15, 2012 and Permanent Collection on April 22, 2013. Watch for more details later in the season.

Single tickets and Riverdog Season Passes go on sale later this month. Riverdog Season Passes are $115 each. Single tickets are $15-$28 with discounts for youth 18 and under, as well as for those Over 60 or Under 30.

To order tickets call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672 or go online at

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