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Oct 2016
Free

October Scriptease: Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

Oct 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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Scriptease Date: October 25, 2016 Time: 7pm Place: First Unitarian Church of Des Moines - 1800 Bell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50315 Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson Lyra Halsted - Beth Cody Schug - Matt Wayne Black - Adam Directed by Katie Coon Underemployed friends Adam, Matt and Beth are desperate to beat the recession any way they can--like combining forces to take over a small island in South America. But when a fortune cookie tells Matt that he will rule…

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Nov 2016
$20 - $33

Ugly Lies the Bone By Lindsey Ferrentino

Nov 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Ugly Lies the Bone – November 11-20, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Lindsey Ferrentino  Ugly Lies the Bone is about a newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape…

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Jan 2017

Marjorie Prime By Jordan Harrison

Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm - Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Jordan Harrison's "Marjorie Prime" in Des Moines January 13 - 22, 2017

Marjorie Prime – January 13-22, 2017 Iowa Premiere By Jordan Harrison Generously sponsored by Iles Funeral Homes   It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity…

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January Scriptease: “Slipping” by Daniel Talbott

Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Slipping" by Daniel Talbott Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Time: 7 pm Cost: Suggested Donation $5 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines IA 50315 The Story: Alone, numb, and friendless after the violent death of his father, high-school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco to a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.…

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Feb 2017

February Scriptease: “Bright New Boise” by Samuel D. Hunter

Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm Cost: Suggested donation $5.00 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines IA 50315 The Story:  In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a…

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Mar 2017
$20 - $33

August: Osage County By Tracy Letts

Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm - Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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August: Osage County – March 3-19, 2017 A Joint Project with Repertory Theatre of Iowa By Tracy Letts August: Osage County! A vanished father. A scathingly acidic, pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady secrets. As winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this instant classic was named by Onstageblog as the best play of the 21st Century. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and…

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March Scriptease: Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Shakuntala" by Kalidasa; a play with dance and a classic tale of love from India. Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cost: Suggested donation $5.00 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines IA 50315 The Story: Gateway Dance Theatre of Des Moines is thrilled to collaborate with StageWest to present this bold, new, innovative adaptation by renowned Indian playwright, Kalidasa. Kalidasa is regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit (Indian) language and "Shakuntala" is considered his…

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Apr 2017

Scriptease: Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing

Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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THE STORY: Staged with utmost simplicity, using platforms and a few props, the play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has…

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May 2017
$20 - $33

HIR By Taylor Mac

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - May 21 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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HIR – May 12-21, 2017 Iowa Premiere By Taylor Mac Hir - After his tour of duty in the Middle East, Isaac comes home to a dirty house, a brother instead of a sister, and a mother on a warpath. Isaacs mother, Paige and brother Max has paved a new road for themselves after his abusive father Arnold has suffered a stroke. Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed. Hir confronts what it is to live in a new…

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The Dead Guy by Eric Coble

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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THE STORY: The Pitch: You get one million dollars to spend over the next seven days. A camera crew follows your every move and broadcasts your adventures on national television. The Hook: At the end of the week…you die. The Best Part: The viewing audience gets to vote on the method of your death! For hard-luck Eldon Phelps, the deal is irresistible. But does America have the stomach for this much reality? What would you do if you had one…

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