Riverside - Walking the Wire: Monologues at Riverside will play at the Gilbert Street stage March 5th through 8th. Directed by Ron Clark, the 10th annual festival features twelve monologues from playwrights in Iowa and across the country. Tickets are $12 - $24, and can be purchased at the Riverside Theatre box office at (319) 338-7672 or online.
Walking the Wire brings theatre back to its most simple form, with a dimly lit stage and a single actor telling a story. This evening of original monologues surrounds one of our favorite obsessions - food. This year’s actors portray a variety of characters including a woman dealing with a Thanksgiving turkey disaster, a woman rediscovering her heritage through Italian cuisine, and even a wacky actress desperate to make decent tips.
Riverside Theatre put out a national call for monologue submissions during the summer of 2008. Twelve were chosen representing playwrights from all over the country, each monologue falling into the food theme of this year’s festival. Playwrights include Rebecca Christian (Des Moines, IA), Ron Clark (Iowa City, IA), Neeley Gossett (Marietta, GA), Claudia Haas (White Bear Lake, MN), Shirley King (Benicia, CA), Dale Mackey (Knoxville, TN), Gwendolyn Rice (Madison, WI), Janet Story Schlapkohl (Iowa City, IA), Jen Silverman (Iowa City, IA), Brian Tanner (North Liberty, IA), Amy Tofte (Los Angeles, CA), and Lindsay Tornquist (Mt. Vernon, IA).
Check back for a review of the show.