Thursday, June 12, 2014

Riverside Theatre in the Park

Iowa City – Riverside Theatre in the Park returns to the Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park this summer, June 20 – July 13 with Shakespeare’s drama Othello, directed by Theodore Swetz, and the contemporary comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, directed by Ron Clark.

Full details at or 319-338-7672.

About the Plays

For the first time on the Riverside Festival Stage: Othello - the epic thriller of sweeping passions and murderous ambition. When Iago, one of Shakespeare’s most manipulative villains, falsely stokes Othello’s jealousy, Othello’s wife Desdemona is in mortal danger. Ancient grudges of race, culture, and ambition collide in this classic story of love and revenge that promises to get your heart pounding and your mind spinning. Directed by Theodore Swetz

Called by The Guardian, “Rollicking, fast-moving and hilarious,” The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is a full-power, energetic romp through Shakespeare covering all 37 plays in 97 minutes – with some creative editing, of course! This parody of the classic plays includes modern pop-culture references, audience engagement, and improvisation- enough to make any Shakespeare lover, or hater, laugh out loud. Directed by Ron Clark.

Special Events

—Dogs’ Night at the Park on 4th of July: Everyone is welcome to this special 4th of July show, including your friendly, leashed, well-behaved dogs! Tickets are regularly priced though a pay-what-you-will donation is suggested per pup; proceeds go to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

—Green Shows: One hour before each main stage performance, RTP apprentices perform on the Green Show Stage. Brush up on the plot of Othello or enjoy comic songs inspired by the Bard before The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Free & open to the public.

—Family Nights: On Family Nights, up to two adults accompanying a youth receive their tickets at the youth price of $18.

—Picnics: Bring your own goodies or get your delicious Nodo wraps, homemade cookies, chips and beverages (both alcoholic & non-alcoholic available) and picnic on the Festival Stage grounds before the show.

Featured Cast

Daver Morrison, a Boston-based professional actor, will be playing the title role of Othello in Riverside Theatre in the Park’s 2014 production. Mr. Morrison has performed nationally with stage credits ranging from A Raisin in the Sun at Capital Repertory Theatre in New York to A Midsummer Night's Dream at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He has also appeared in several daytime television series including One Life to Live and All My Children.

Iowa City actor Tim Budd returns this season as Iago, while Kelly Gibson, who previously played Portia in The Merchant of Venice, returns from New York as Desdemona. Othello will be Mr. Budd’s 50th performance with Riverside Theatre.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] will feature returning performers Spencer D. Christensen (Kansas City), Christopher Peltier (Chicago) and John William Watkins (New York), all previously seen in Riverside Theatre in the Park’s 2013 productions of Hamlet and The School for Scandal.


Othello by William Shakespeare

Friday, June 27, 8:00PM
Saturday, June 28, 8:00PM
Sunday, June 29, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Tuesday, July 1, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Wednesday, July 2, 8:00PM
Thursday, July 3, 8:00PM
Saturday, July 5, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Sunday, July 6, 7:00PM

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Friday, June 20, 8:00PM
Saturday, June 21, 8:00PM
Sunday, June 22, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Friday, July 4, 6:00PM (Dogs’ Night at the Park)
Tuesday, July 8, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Wednesday, July 9, 8:00PM
Thursday, July 10, 8:00PM
Friday, July 11, 8:00PM
Saturday, July 12, 8:00PM
Sunday, July 13, 7:00PM

Source: Riverside Theatre

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