Kristan Hellige, Division of Performing Arts, 319-335-3213
Theater on tour
Theater on tour
Theater on tour
The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts is taking a show on the road this summer, staging free performances of No Fish in the House in numerous Iowa communities throughout July.
No Fish in the House, written by Tom Willmorth and directed by UI theatre arts faculty member Paul Kalina, is a madcap comedy in the lunatic Italian tradition of the Commedia dell’arte. Follow the Commedia De Lazzi players, led by legendary dramatist Tony Bologna, as they rehearse their new play, No Fish in the House, only to discover “there’s no fish!” Filled with slapstick humor, impromptu operations, and flying tiger sponges, No Fish in the House is a fun-filled romp for the whole family. Willmorth’s play was created for a young audience, but has delighted children and adults alike.
The comic romp features four professional actors who play a variety of roles while wearing leather masks in the Commedia dell’arte style. The actors perform onstage as well as in the aisles, interacting with the audience and getting the children involved and taking an active role in the show. Numerous fun props are also used to help tell the fishy story.
No Fish in the House will hold multiple performances in Iowa City concurrent with the Iowa Summer Rep 2013 season:
- June 28, July 5, and July 12: Theatre B, 10 a.m.
- June 29, July 6, and July 13: Theatre B, 2 p.m.
The production will visit the following Iowa locations:
- July 7: Brucemore front lawn, Cedar Rapids
- July 14: New Ground Theatre, Davenport
- July 19: Spencer Community Theatre, Spencer
- July 20: Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City
- July 22: Lakes Art Center, Okoboji
Tickets for No Fish in the House are free, but attendees must obtain a ticket. To reserve or obtain a ticket, please contact the UI Theatre Office at 319-335-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the UI Theatre Office in the Theatre Building at 200 N. Riverside Drive, Room 107, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 28.
This touring production is sponsored and made possible by the support and collaboration of several UI entities, including a Better Futures for Iowans grant, Office of Summer Session, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre Arts, and Arts Share. The Better Futures for Iowans grant from the UI Office of the Provost supports outreach projects that address a goal of the university’s strategic plan: to provide better futures for Iowans by improving the lives of Iowans in areas such as health, education, the Arts, and the Iowa economy. Arts Share continues the UI’s long tradition of sharing creative resources. Arts Share’s mission includes strengthening the arts in underserved areas, reaching out to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa.
The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For accommodations at the production, contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700. For a UI arts calendar and details about upcoming events visit the new Arts Iowa website.