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Riverside Theatre Blog - 2012-2013 Season

New RTP Location!

June 5, 2013 - 1:50 PM

Riverside Theatre at the Park will now be indoors at West High Auditorium, due to flooding in Lower City Park.  Located at 2901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246, West High Auditorium is an air-conditioned, indoor auditorium with excellent acoustics.  Sheltered from both rain and heat, West High Auditorium provides comfortable seating as well as an excellent performance venue.  Of course, it's still the same dates and the same great shows, so make sure to call our Box Office at 319-338-7672 and reserve your tickets!

Moon and Stars


April 3, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Riverside Theatre will hold a special reading of the play PERMANENT COLLECTION by Tom Gibbons on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30PM at the African American Museum of Iowa.  This reading is part of a nationwide theatre event of readings of the play in over 25 cities to celebrate National New Play Network’s 15th Anniversary. 

Riverside Theatre seeks actors to read for the character of Sterling North, director of the Morris Foundation – African-American, age 45-55.  Please contact Jody Hovland, artistic director at [email protected] to arrange an audition time. A perusal script can be sent electronically upon request.

Time commitment:  rehearsal Saturday afternoon April 20 at Riverside Theatre; reading at the African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Monday evening April 22.

Synopsis:  Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation's long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. Permanent Collection is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space -- literally and figuratively -- the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another's eyes?

Position Open for Marketing Intern

February 28, 2013 - 5:05 PM

Riverside Theatre is seeking a marketing intern through summer 2013, 10–15 hours/ week, late May through July, though the position may begin earlier if the chosen applicant desires.  This position is currently unpaid but will have perks including complimentary tickets to performances.  Applicants should have a basic understanding of the performing arts, strong communication skills, an interest or ability in video editing and experience with social media.  For details or an interview, please contact Christina Patramanis, marketing director, at [email protected]  with a cover letter, creative or academic writing sample and a brief history of related work experience.

IA Theatre Blog Review of THE EXIT INTERVIEW

January 28, 2013 - 3:49 PM

We had a great opening weekend of "The Exit Interview"!  A special thanks to the playwright, William Missouri Downs for joining us and sharing in a post-show discussion. 

James Trainor of the Iowa Theatre Blog was with us on opening night.  Here's his review of "The Exit Interview", entitled, "What Would Bertolt Brecht Do":

See you at the show!  Plot details, dates and ticket information HERE.

Photo by Bob Goodfellow

Meet the Playwright of THE EXIT INTERVIEW

January 22, 2013 - 4:29 PM

This Friday, 1/25 at 7:30pm, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of "The Exit Interview" opens at Riverside Theatre.  The playwright, William Missouri Downs, successful playwright, author and television writer, will join us from Wyoming for a post-show discussion with the audience. Limited tickets remain for this special opening night event.  Call the Box Office at 319-338-7672 or order online here.

Tune In this Thursday Morning, 8:45AM to the Dottie Ray Radio Show, AM 800 KXIC in Iowa City

November 28, 2012 - 2:04 PM

This Thursday, Novemer 29, from 8:45am - 9am, Dottie Ray will host actor Tim Budd, performer of THE SANTALAND DIARIES, on her long-running radio show on AM 800 KXIC in Iowa City.  Tune in to hear about the show and the fun of playing a bitter Macy's Santaland Village elf!

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is written by popular humor writer David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello.  A limited number of tickets are available are available by calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office at (319)-338-7672.  Shows are Thursday, December 6 - Sunday, December 9.  Visit our homepage, for more details.

Announcing Auditions for Tween Female Role; Dec 15

November 27, 2012 - 2:18 PM
Auditions will be held by Riverside Theatre in Iowa City on Saturday, December 15, 1:00PM -2:30PM, for the role of a 12-year old (‘tween-aged’) girl.  Please click here for audition details and rehearsal & show dates.

Thanks for a Great Reading of the Play 8

November 16, 2012 - 12:19 PM

Congratulations to all on a great evening!  The play "8" by Dustin Lance Black about California's Proposition 8 and marriage equality was performed as a staged reading on Thursday, November 15 at Riverside Theatre in collaboration with Working Group Theatre.  Twenty-one local actors and community members performed the roles, and after the show Molly Tafoya of One Iowa & State Representative Vicki Lensing discussed the landscape of marriage equality in Iowa and the nation.  A big thanks to all of the performers, our distinguished speakers, lovely audience members and to Devotay for catering the delicious reception. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for this event went to American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

The play “8” opened as a Broadway world premiere on September 19, 2011, at the sold-out Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. The play continues to be performed at theatres around the country.  For more information on upcoming readings, the play, or to give to American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) visit the official site at:

The discussion for marriage equality and equal rights continues through many organizations including:
One Iowa
Broadway Impact
Working Group Theatre's Make It Better, Iowa

Announcing the 2012 WALKING THE WIRE Monologue Selections

November 8, 2012 - 9:00 AM


Two hundred and thirty-two submissions!  Thank you to all the writers who made this season’s selection process so . . . daunting.  We are grateful for your tremendous support of Walking the Wire, and its part in the development of new work for the theatre.                               

~Jody Hovland, Artistic Director

Walking the Wire: Too Much Information will be produced March 1-10, 2013, and will feature the following playwrights:

Claudia Barnett, Lascassas, TN, “Sheryl’s Mother is Dead”
Ron Clark, Iowa City, IA, “A Tale”
David H. Cohen, Pine Bush, NY, “Paul’s Painted Ladies”
Maximillian Gill, Sunnyside, NY, “Total Disclosure”
Megan Gogerty, Iowa City, IA, “Intimacy”
Chris Graybill and Ian Belknap, Baltimore, MD, “168”
Arthur M. Jolly, Medford, OR, “Doing the Math”
Christopher Okiishi, Iowa City, IA, “Body Work”
Amanda Petefish-Schrag, Maryville, MO, “Art Nouveau”
Gwen Rice, Milwaukee, WI, “Cliché”
Janet Schlapkohl, Iowa City, IA, “Sex Education”

Manning Up is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

October 17, 2012 - 2:58 PM

Win Tickets to Manning Up

October 17, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Are you clever? Witty? Put these skills to use and win a pair of free tickets to Manning Up in our Pintarest Photo Caption Contest.  No Pintarest account is necessary to play.


  1. Go to our Pintarest page:
  2. Look at the 10 funny baby photos and choose one, or all 10 if you’d like, and think of a funny caption for the picture.  There is an example photo and caption on the page for you to help get you started. 
  3. Send an email to [email protected] with the number of the photo that goes with your caption (e.g. Photo #3) and your hilarious caption.
  4. At the end of the week the staff at Riveside Theatre will vote on the funniest entries and the winner will receive a pair of tickets to Manning Up for a Thursday or Sunday show of his or her choosing, and the winning caption will be posted with the Pintarest photo with the author's name.

 Good luck!

For additional show information visit our homepage:

True West Video

September 21, 2012 - 11:48 AM

Auditions at Riverside Sept. 15

September 10, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Riverside Theatre will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 15, 1-3 p.m.

The 2012-2013 season has one role available in The Exit Interview (male actor, 20s-35). This raucous comedy by William Missouri Downs is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

It will begin rehearsals December 19, 2012 and open January 25, 2013.

Actors (either male or female) may also audition for Walking the Wire, which will be cast in November following final selection of monologues.

Those wishing to audition are required to prepare one contemporary monologue (2 minute maximum) and bring a headshot if not already on file.

To schedule an audition please call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672. Box office hours are Noon to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on the 2012-2013 season, contact Artistic Director Jody Hovland at [email protected].

The Reviews are in for True West

September 10, 2012 - 8:50 AM

Iowa Theatre Blog says, "Riverside Theatre has done an excellent job of bringing this engaging script to life."

Click here to read Iowa Theatre Blog's full review of True West.

Hoopla says, "True West is a truly great play, and this production is excellent from its ominous opening to its startlingly closing moments."

Click here to read Hoopla's full review ofTrue West.

Open House 8/26

August 24, 2012 - 2:26 PM

Join us for our Open House, Sunday, August 26, 2-4 p.m.!

See behind the scenes before the season starts!

We’re opening the doors to areas of the theatre you don’t typically see when you come for a show.

Check out the Scene Shop

Take a tour of the dressing area

Watch a few minutes of a True West rehearsal

Enter the Scene Shop directly via the alley that runs behind the building/parking lot -- just look for the big garage doors OR, go to the lobby and we'll guide you to the shop!

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more info call the Box Office at 319-338-7672

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