Have a question about the Festival? The Riverside Theatre staff have come up with answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Festival.
Can I picnic before a show? Absolutely! The grounds are open 90 minutes before the performance. Wraps, chips, desserts, and an assortment of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at the box office before the show.
What if it rains? Festival performances continue during a light rain, so please bring a wrap (no umbrellas, please). For a heavy rain, the show may be delayed up to 45 minutes. If a performance has to be canceled due to severe weather, tickets may be exchanged for another performance of the same production. Refunds are only available if the performance is canceled before the first act is completed. For refunds, mail the tickets to the Riverside Theatre Box Office, 213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City IA 52245, with a note requesting a refund. All Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival refund claim must be received by August 1, 2011. (Service charges are non-refundable.)
Why can't I bring an umbrella? Umbrellas block the view of those behind you. A wrap is fine, and the Festival Box Office sells inexpensive rain ponchos, too.
What if there are mosquitoes? To keep the bugs at bay we offer complimentary bug spray at the Festival box office.
Can I bring alcohol to the show? No, possession or consumption is illegal on city property except where a special license has been granted--as it has been to Riverside Theatre. As a licensee, we are required to prohibit the possession or consumption of any alcohol not sold by us on the Festival grounds. Beer and wine are available for purchase at the Festival concession window.
If it is called a Shakespeare Festival, why is there only one Shakespeare play? It's actually very common for Shakespeare Festivals across the country to perform the work of other playwrights. There are just too many classics to limit the festival to Shakespeare!
Where can I park? There are some parking spaces-including handicap parking-located directly in front of the Festival stage. Additional parking is just a short walk from the Festival stage. Festival goers may park in any of the parking lots in Lower City Park.
How early should I arrive? If you would like to picnic on the grounds before a show, you may arrive as early as 90 minutes before the performance. If you would like to see the Green Show performed by the Festival Company Interns one hour before the performance, you should arrive a bit over an hour before the night's performance begins. Seating for the evening's performance begins approximately 30 minutes before the show opens.
What is a Green Show? A Green Show is a 20-minute "story theatre" version of the evening's play that allows the audience to brush up on the plot in advance of the evening performance. Traditionally, the Green Shows feature much humor and are especially appealing to kids.
Where can I see a Green Show? Green Shows are performed on the Green Show stage near the pavilion.