Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kimberly Akimbo Opens October 17

Iowa City – This fall, Riverside Theatre brings to Iowa City Kimberly Akimbo, David Lindsay-Abaire’s quirky comedy, directed by Sean Christopher Lewis.

Kimberly is your regular teenager, except that she has an age-advancing genetic disease, an alcoholic father, a pregnant, hypochondriac mother, and a pesky criminal aunt. Now she is facing the most terrifying thing of all… the possibility of first love.

Featuring Jody Hovland as Kimberly, with Tim Budd, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, and Frankie Rose. Budd, Houchins-Witt, Hovland and Mooers were all seen in the cast of Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People last January at Riverside.

Kimberly Akimbo runs Thursday–Sunday, October 17–November 2, 2014. Tickets: Adults, $28-30; Youth, $18, Student Rush, $20. Details at, or by phone at 319-338-7672. Riverside Theatre is located at 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

Kimberly Akimbo is the second show of Riverside’s 34th season of professional theatre.


"It's rare to find a play that is both incredibly poignant on topics like loneliness and love but that can still stay completely hysterical and surprising throughout." -Sean Christopher Lewis, Director

Moving suddenly to Bogota (pronounced buh-GO-da), New Jersey in the 80’s is tough, especially with a dysfunctional family, especially as a teenage girl with an extremely rare age-advancing disease. But Kimberly has more to deal with than being 16 and looking 70 – her family is hiding a secret and is hoping that they’ll be safe in Bogota…

The play contains coarse language.


Kimberly Levaco (Jody Hovland): A sixteen year old girl who has an age-advancing genetic disease. Besides trying to do her schoolwork like a normal teenager, she’s dating a boy for the first time… and helping her homeless aunt commit a little fraud.

Pattie Levaco, Kimberly’s Mom (Carrie Houchins-Witt): A very pregnant, sharp-tongued hypochondriac with casts on both arms (carpel tunnel surgery) who is hiding a very big secret from the world.

Buddy Levaco, Kimberly’s Dad (Tim Budd): A good natured alcoholic who loves his family but while at the bar forgets important domestic details, like dinner, and Kimberly’s birthday.

Jeff McCracken, Kimberly’s love interest (Frankie Rose): An awkward teenage boy in Kimberly’s class who plays Dungeons & Dragons and studies the “puzzleistic arts”, especially anagrams, and who has a big crush on Kimberly.

Debra, Kimberly’s aunt (Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers): Homeless, foul-mouthed, and resourceful, Debra follows the Levaco family from town to town causing criminal mischief. Though she is unstable, she is emotionally close with Kimberly.

The play is brought to life by professional designers Courtney Schmitz (Scenic & Lighting Designer), Sarah Pipho (Costume Designer), and Sean Christopher Lewis (Sound Designer & Director).


Sean Christopher Lewis is a director, actor and playwright. His work has won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, NEA Voices in Community Award, Smith Prize, Barrymore Award and numerous other awards. With Riverside he has directed Mary’s Wedding, Goat Show, Marion Bridge, Venus in Fur, The Syringa Tree and Manning Up. He has also directed for the Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival in Rwanda and at the Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona. Lewis is the artistic director of Working Group Theatre.


Fri 10/17, 7:30pm
Sat 10/18, 7:30pm
Sun 10/19, 2:00pm

Thurs 10/23, 7:30pm
Fri 10/24, 7:30pm
Sat 10/25, 7:30pm
Sun 10/26, 2:00pm

Thurs 10/30, 7:30pm
Fri 10/31, 7:30pm
Sat 11/1, 7:30pm
Sun 11/2, 2:00pm


Post-performance Talkbacks: Sunday, October 19 & Friday, October 24. Stay after the show on these dates to discuss the play with the actors.

Source: Riverside Press Release

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