Thursday, February 28, 2013

Walking the Wire Opens March 1

Iowa City - "Riverside Theatre's annual original monologue festival, Walking the Wire, runs March 1 - 10 in Iowa City. This year's theme is 'Too Much Information.' Directed by Jody Hovland; featuring monologues from across the country with local performers. Tickets are $15 (youth/student rush) or $25-28 (adults). Savor the beautifully embarrassing moments when one shares 'too much information.' Performances at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

February 20, 2013 – Iowa City, Iowa – Riverside Theatre proudly announces its annual festival of original monologues, Walking the Wire, this year exploring the theme 'too much information' (or TMI). The monologues come from national and local writers, spanning the country from Pine Bush, New York to Medford, Oregon. Tickets for Walking the Wire: TMI are available online at, or by calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office, 319-338-7672. Performances at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City.

This year Riverside Theatre received two-hundred thirty-two submissions. After an extensive review process, eleven monologues that were both entertaining and fit the theme, "Too Much Information," were chosen. The pieces will be performed by local talent.

How did this monologue festival earn its name?
Jody Hovland, director of Walking the Wire: TMI and artistic director of Riverside Theatre explains, 'Performing a monologue is the sparest and most vulnerable of acting opportunities – just you, a good story, and an audience to share it with. It’s the high-wire act of the theatre!'

Returning to the stage for 2013 are performer-playwrights Megan Gogerty and Janet Schlapkohl who bring their unforgettable brand of autobiographically-based humor, actors Tim Budd, Jessica Wilson and Carrie Houchins-Witt, and faces new to Walking the Wire including Ottavia De Luca and Grant Read.

This Year’s Theme, "Too Much Information"
Savor the beautifully embarrassing moments when one shares too much information!
Here’s a sneak peek into a few of the stories:

In the monologue 'So Cliché,' a suburban woman imagines delving into her secret past on the internet while her family sleeps upstairs. A vengeful young woman recounts the meanness of a grade school friend in the story 'Sheryl’s Mother is Dead.' Late at night, a museum security guard finds romance among the art exhibits in a piece entitled 'Paul’s Painted Ladies,' and in another kind of art story, 'Art Nouveau,' a woman surprises her friends with her salacious twist on scrapbooking. 'Body Work' recounts the hilarious experience of a man who finally heeds his friends’ advice that he needs to relax - and goes to a massage therapist for the first time, while 'Moon Man' takes us through a surprise encounter between a police officer and Saint Nick.

The audience gets to sit back and hear all of the juicy details of each character’s unique story!

Walking the Wire: TMI Performance Calendar
Friday, 3/1 at 7:30PM
Saturday, 3/2 at 7:30PM

Sunday, 3/3 at 2:00PM

Thursday, 3/7 at 7:30PM

Friday, 3/8 at 7:30PM
Saturday, 3/9 at 7:30PM

Sunday, 3/10 at 2:00PM"

(Source: Riverside Press Release)

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