Professional actors. Professional productions.

37th Season


2017-2018

BAKERSFIELD MIST
September 8–October 1, 2017
Written by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Sean Christopher Lewis

Straight from a hit run in London's West End comes a comedy about a low class woman with high art ambitions.

Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is the story of Maude Gutman, an unemployed, chain-smoking ex-bartender living in a run-down California trailer park, who believes the painting she bought in a thrift store for $3 is really an undiscovered Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions. When stuffy New York art expert Lionel Percy arrives to evaluate the work, the result is a fiery and often hilarious debate over class, truth, value and the meaning of art.

Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: "Two great actors, a battle of wits and authenticity... I'd say sit back and let this one knock you over."



CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
October 20–November 5, 2017

Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Angie Toomsen

Winner of the Obie Award for Best New American Play–a  beautiful comedy about how we connect.

In an artsy, small town, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty's "Adult Creative Drama" class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. This delightful comedy from new playwright Annie Baker landed on Top Ten lists of The New York Times and The New Yorker.


Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: “Annie Baker is maybe the most important playwright working in America right now. Her plays marry a Chekovian love of character with an American sensibility of longing to create pure magic."



LUNGS
December 1–17, 2017

Written by Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Sean Christopher Lewis

A gorgeous play from the United Kingdom about the world we want to bring our children into.

In Ikea a man tentatively suggests to his partner that perhaps they should have a baby, and whoosh – out fly all her pent up anxieties about the future. Do they really want to bring another car driving, plastic bag using, aerosol spraying, avocado importing Westerner into the world? What about the planet? And how do you carbon offset a baby? For months on end they agonize over the biggest decision of their lives. But when their love breaks into a million tiny pieces, will they ever be able to put it back together again? Called  "brutally honest, funny and current" by the Guardian after its UK premiere this is a can't miss show of theatricality and heart.


Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: “Duncan Macmillan is everything I want from a playwright: bold, theatrical and writing directly about the world we are living in. This is can't miss for anyone who wondered about their children and the state of the world."



DETROIT
January 19–February 11, 2018
Written by Lisa D’Amour

Directed by Angie Toomsen 

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of The New York Times top ten plays of 2012

 

Fire up the grill... and expect fireworks! In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a cookout. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, the neighborly connection they find threatens to unravel the lives they’ve built and change them forever. Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under the suburban dream.

Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: "Detroit could stand in for Coralville or North Liberty in this visceral piece. Who are our neighbors? If you like your comedy to be smart, impolite and unapologetic you have found your show."



APPLES IN WINTER

March 2–18, 2018
Written by Jennifer Fawcett 

Directed by Beth Wood

Winner of the Smith Prize from the National New Play Network.

 

From the mind of Jennifer Fawcett (local talent, nationally known, who brought Riverside Theatre the hit plays Birth Witches and Goat Show) comes the story of Miriam.  Miriam is a mom. Miriam is a pie maker and tonight Miriam is making a pie for her son. It will also be the last time she will do this for him. A play about mothers & sons, about how we care for each other, and about how to make a really good apple pie.

 

Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: "Heartbreaking and award winning for good reason. Riverside can do intimate as good as anyone and this play continues that tradition."



TOOTH AND NAIL

April 13–29, 2018
Written and Directed by Sean Christopher Lewis

Artistic Director Sean Lewis looks at faith, sexuality and the state of being Irish in a hysterical new play.


Pinter's The Dumb Waiter meets McDonagh's Lieutenant of Inishmore in this hysterical dark comedy. Gerry and Crumb are two existential hitmen on a job. They don't know each other or their names, they just know the gig is big and they best not f- it up. When Gerry's underage and pregnant girlfriend arrives with motives of her own everything goes to hell and no one is safe. 

Artistic Director Sean Lewis  says: "I'm first generation Irish. My grandma always asks me to write a nice Irish play. This is not what she had in mind and we are all the better for it."

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