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Miss Witherspoon

May 2, 2008 - May 11, 2008

By Christopher Durang

Iowa Premiere Production

May 2-11, 2008

Veronica (Jami Bassman), already scarred by too many failed relationships, finds the world a frightening place. Skylab, an American space station that came crashing down to earth, in particular, haunts and enrages her. So she has committed suicide, and is now in what she expected to be heaven but is, instead, something called the Bardo (the netherworld in Tibetan Buddhism), where her cheery, assigned spirit guide, Maryamma (Rekha Basu), informs her that she must repeatedly be reincarnated until she discover that life is beautiful! But Miss W. is stubborn, so she’s sent back to earth in a dizzying array of roles – a baby, a resident of Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials, a nun in medieval Dusselfdorf, a dance-hall hostess in Wild West Wyoming, one of Rex Harrison’s many wives, even a dog – until she and her soul learn the lessons they must, in order to move on.


Veronica – Jami Bassman
Maryamma – Rekha Basu
Mother 1 and Mother 2 – Rachel Salowitz
Father 1, Father 2, Sleazy Man, Dog Owner, Wise Man – Shawn Wilson
Teacher, Woman in a Hat – Donna Scarfe


Director – Tom Ahart
Production Stage Manager – Nicole Taweel
Scenic Co-Designers – Steve Hunt/Deborah Gideon
Lighting Designer – Ron Gilbert
Costume Designer – Kira Aharte
Properties Designer – Joy Kripal
Sound Designer – Maxwell Schaeffer
Master Carpenter – Paul Mostrom


"Miss Witherspoon"


May 2, 2008
May 11, 2008
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StageWest Theatre
900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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