Thursday, June 2, 2011

Remember Urban Theatre Project? They're back....

Cedar Rapids – Urban Theater Project of Iowa, will present A Feminine Ending, a play by Sarah Treem, June 3, 4 and 9-11 8:00 p.m. at The Cherry Building, 329 10th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.

A Feminine Ending is a script that company member, Erica Hoye, discovered in New York a year ago and brought back to Cedar Rapids for her Urban Theater Project directorial debut. It’s a gentle, bittersweet comedy about 25-year-old aspiring composer Amanda who knows what she wants but not quite how to get it. Her parents are getting divorced, her fiancee is almost famous, her first love reappears, and there’s a lot of noise in her head.

Urban Theater company members Alex Williams, David Morton, and Marty Norton anchor a cast that also includes UTP/Iowa newcomers Katy Slaven and Royce Hufford.

After a two-year hiatus, Urban Theater Project is emerging as a stronger theater, with 11 company members and a couple of season’s worth of shows planned. “We disappeared for a bit while people in the company dealt with their real lives, but the last several months have proven extremely productive for Urban Theater, and we’re really excited about being back on the theatre scene,” said Leslie Charipar, Urban Theater Project’s founder.

Urban Theater Project of Iowa was founded in 2003 when Leslie Charipar moved back to Cedar Rapids after spending several years getting her MFA in Acting and working in Chicago theatre as an actor/director/teacher. She rallied a group of her talented friends and created a theater company dedicated to bringing Eastern Iowa audiences its own brand of visceral, messy, in-your-face theater in non-theatrical settings all over the city. In addition to Alex Williams, David Morton, Marty Norton, Erica Hoye, and Leslie Charipar, the company members include Jason Alberty, Scott Humeston, Megan Ginsberg, Cherryl Moon Thomason, Steve Ginsberg, and Jim Kropa.

All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by emailing or calling (319) 431-2110. Seating is limited.

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