Hand to God By Robert Askins

Sep 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Sep 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Hand to God – September 9-18, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Robert Askins  After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the…

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Ugly Lies the Bone By Lindsey Ferrentino

Nov 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

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.…

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Marjorie Prime By Jordan Harrison

Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm - Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm
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…

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August: Osage County By Tracy Letts

Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm - Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm

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…

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HIR By Taylor Mac

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - May 21 @ 2:00 pm

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…

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October Scriptease: Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

Oct 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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…

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January Scriptease: “Slipping” by Daniel Talbott

Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"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…

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

Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"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…

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March Scriptease: Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"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…

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The Dead Guy by Eric Coble

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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…

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Scriptease: Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing

Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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…

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