Kimberly Levaco (Jody Hovland): A sixteen year old girl who has an age-advancing genetic disease. Besides trying to do her schoolwork like a normal teenager, she’s dating a boy for the first time… and helping her homeless aunt commit a little fraud.
Pattie Levaco, Kimberly’s Mom (Carrie Houchins-Witt): A very pregnant, sharp-tongued hypochondriac with casts on both arms (carpel tunnel surgery) who is hiding a very big secret from the world.
Buddy Levaco, Kimberly’s Dad (Tim Budd): A good natured alcoholic who loves his family but while at the bar forgets important domestic details, like dinner, and Kimberly’s birthday.
Jeff McCracken, Kimberly’s love interest (Frankie Rose): An awkward teenage boy in Kimberly’s class who plays Dungeons & Dragons and studies the “puzzleistic arts”, especially anagrams, and who has a big crush on Kimberly.
Debra Watts, Kimberly’s aunt (Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers): Homeless, foul-mouthed and resourceful, Debra follows the Levaco family from town to town causing criminal mischief. Though she is unstable, she is emotionally close with Kimberly.
Jody Hovland* (Kimberly) has been part of the leadership as well as a working artist with Riverside Theatre since its founding in 1981 and is currently the artistic director of the theatre. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the Ford Library (First Lady Lou), with Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre in Cleveland (The Servant of Two Masters), and toured in solo shows including The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Shirley Valentine, The Median Strip, and Planting in the Dust. Last season’s work includes performances in Birth Witches (Midwife), Good People (Dottie), and Othello (Emilia), and direction of Walking the Wire: Merge. Favorite roles include Eunice in The Exit Interview, Kate in All My Sons, Sylvia in End Days, Prospera in The Tempest, and Vivian Bearing in Wit. A member of Actors’ Equity, Jody has an MFA from the University of Iowa and is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College.
Tim Budd (Buddy) most recently performed the role of Iago in Othello for Riverside Theatre in the Park. Last season, he also acted in RT's productions of Walking the Wire: Merge, Good People, and Birth Witches, as well as directing Coming of Age in Chore Boots. Other recent work includes acting in Hancher's production of Working Group Theatre's new play Out of Bounds. An Iowa native, Tim finished his studies towards an MFA in acting at the University of Iowa and works full-time at Prairie Lights Books.
Carrie Houchins-Witt (Pattie) has previously appeared on the Riverside stage in Good People and Walking The Wire. Other favorite local roles include Veronica in God of Carnage (Old Creamery), and Velma von Tussle in Hairspray! (City Circle). Carrie holds a theatre degree from Northwestern University. When not on stage, she works as a Certified Financial Planner® professional and tax preparer.
Frankie Rose (Jeff) is excited to make his Riverside Theatre debut in this production of Kimberly Akimbo. He is pursuing a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa where he has appeared in a total of seven productions. Most recently, he appeared in Speed of Light, a play by Bella Poynton that premiered at the Iowa New Play Festival last May.
Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers (Debra) was seen last season in Good People (Margie). She has appeared regionally at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Adriana in Comedy of Errors and Maria in Twelfth Night), and in the title role of Yerma with the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble in Chicago. She spent seven summers with the Iowa Summer Repertory, and is an artistic associate of Working Group Theatre, where she appeared most recently as Allison in Out of Bounds. She teaches at Coe College and the University of Iowa, and holds an M.F.A. from Illinois State University.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Sean Christopher Lewis (director & sound designer) is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre. His work has won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, NEA Voices in Community Award, Smith Prize, Barrymore Award and numerous other awards. With Riverside he has directed Mary’s Wedding, Goat Show, Marion Bridge, Venus in Fur, The Syringa Tree and Manning Up. He has also directed for the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Rwanda and at the Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona.
Courtney Schmitz (lighting & scenic designer) is a freelance designer based in the Minneapolis area. She received her MFA in lighting design from the University of Iowa in 2009. She has worked with such Twin Cities companies as 20% Theatre, nimbus theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Six Elements Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, Lyric Arts, Dangerous Productions, crash.dance productions, and Savage Umbrella. She is also the resident lighting designer for Working Group Theatre. This is Courtney’s sixth season designing with Riverside Theatre.
Sarah Pipho (costume designer) is a freelance costume designer and technician. She was a costume shop intern for Riverside Theatre in the Park in the summer of 2008, and designed costumes for Marion Bridge last season. She has an MFA in Costume Design from Penn State University. Recent costume designs include All My Sons and Grand Hotel for Penn State University. Over the past year, she has also worked in the costume shops for Sarasota Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Adrienne Sullivan (stage manager) has worked with Riverside on Marion Bridge (SM), Chore Boots (SM), Good People (ASM), Blackbird (ASM) and enjoys working all around the community. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Truman State University.
Jody Hovland* (Artistic Director) has been part of the leadership as well as a working artist with Riverside Theatre since its founding in 1981. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution (First Lady Lou), with Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre in Cleveland (The Servant of Two Masters), and has toured in several solo shows including The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Recent work includes performances in The Cripple of Inishmaan (Eileen), As You Like It (Adam, Hera) and The Merchant of Venice (Prince of Aragon). Other favorite productions include All My Sons (Kate), End Days (Sylvia), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), and Wit (Vivian). This summer she was delighted to be a member of the acting company for the Kennedy Center/NNPN Playwrights’ Workshop, which supports new play development. A member of Actors’ Equity, Jody has an MFA from the University of Iowa and is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College.
Ron Clark* (Resident Artist and Production Manager) is a founder of Riverside Theatre. In addition to calling Riverside Theatre home, Ron has worked in theatres around the Midwest and Seattle. Recent work includes direction of The Cripple of Inishmaan, two stand-in performances in Guys on Ice, as well as performing several Dukes in As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice this summer in the Park. Other favorite roles include Joe Keller in All My Sons, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Diafoirus in The Imaginary Invalid, Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank, and the title role in King Lear. He is a member of Actors’ Equity and a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Cornell College, where this fall he is directing Romeo and Juliet. His writing for the theatre includes Small Miracles and the plays Kindred Hearts, Grocery Stories, and Coffee and Hope. Ron holds an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa.
Jennifer Holan (Executive Director) spent the early part of her career in various (for profit) marketing roles in NYC and Chicago. Since 2007, she has lived and worked in Iowa City. She joined Riverside Theatre as Marketing Director in 2009, became its Development Director in 2011, and Executive Director this September. She was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network. Jennifer holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College in Vermont.*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Riverside Theatre Staff
Jody Hovland, Artistic Director
Ron Clark, Resident Artist/Production Manager
Jennifer Holan, Executive Director
Violet Virnig, Technical Director
Christina Patramanis, Marketing Director
Andy Sohn, House Manager
Nan Martin, Patron Services Manager
Sharyn Reitz, Business Manager
Chair: Linda Farkas
Vice Chair: Natasha Wendt
Most recent Past Chair: Patricia Heiden
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