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Bully

Written by Amina Henry
Directed by Katy Hahn

February 28 – March 2
7:30 pm  |  $15

Wren, Simone and Tanisha beat up other women for fun on the weekends. Bree, one of their victims, discovers their identity and plots revenge with friends Delilah and Candace. In her quest for revenge against the bullies who beat her up, will Bree learn more about herself than she bargained for?

This alternately funny and terrifying exploration of female relationships answers an eternal question: What if Lord of the Flies was transported to an aerobics studio?

Amina Henry’s plays have been performed and developed at Theatre for the New City and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many others.

Her play, Bully, was featured in the 2015 Kilroys List. The List is an “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by female and trans playwrights.”

This Iowa premiere, the first of Mirrorbox’s 2019 season, will be directed by Katy Hahn. Hahn is an Iowa native, Cedar Rapids resident, and a 2010 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She earned an MFA in Acting at Florida Atlantic University and currently teaches at Theatre Cedar Rapids, Nolte Academy, Coe College, and UNI.

 


 

Future Thinking

Written by Eliza Clark
Director TBA

June 6 - 8
7:30 pm  |  $15

Peter is a middle-aged fanboy determined to deliver a vital and mysterious message to Chiara, the young star of his favorite television show. Desperation drives Peter to violate his restraining order so he can fulfill this destiny at Comic Con.

Chiara, meanwhile, is holed up in a hotel room, doing battle with her controlling “Mom-ager,” a Kris Jenner-like Svengali figure.

Peter and Chiara are both comically butting against the boundaries of authority and reality as they move toward a fateful and surprisingly touching meeting.

"What begins as a play about how people's fantasies can get in the way of their reality turns into a play in which people's reality can also screw up their fantasies.” - Ocweekly.com

Eliza Clark’s Future Thinking was included in The Kilroys List in 2014. The List is an “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by female and trans playwrights.”

Her plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Yale University, and South Coast Repertory, where Future Thinking was produced in 2016. Clark also has written for television including AMC’s Rubicon and The Killing. She is a writer/producer on Animal Kingdom for TNT.

 


 

Sender

Written by Ike Holter
Directed by Cavan Hallman

August 22 - 24
7:30 pm  |  $15

Lynx returns to Chicago one year after he mysteriously disappeared, having been presumed dead by his friends and lovers. A presence that haunted everyone in his orbit, this enigmatic figure is suddenly resurrected like a Millennial Messiah.

But Lynx and his friends are about to learn that not all mystical things are miraculous.

Sender blends comedy and tragedy to deftly interrogate the coming-of-age myth for a modern audience. This play, like last year’s Exit Strategy, is part of Ike Holter’s seven-play Chicago cycle. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune has said of these plays, “once people wrap their heads around it, might just be one of the most significant literary achievements in modern-day Chicago.”

Holter’s work has been performed Off-Broadway, at Steppenwolf, and the Goodman Theatre, among others.

This Iowa premiere will be directed by Cavan Hallman, Mirrorbox Theatre’s Artistic Director. Hallman has directed the Iowa premieres of Exit Strategy, Red Speedo, Luna Gale, and There Is a Happiness That Morning Is for Mirrorbox.

 


 

Orange Julius

Written by Basil Kreimendahl
Directed by Cavan Hallman

November 14 - 16
7:30 pm  |  $15

Nut grew up the youngest child of Julius, a Vietnam vet, in 1980s and ’90s working-class America. As Julius suffers the toxic effects of Agent Orange, Nut worries their time together may run out before they can embrace something essential about their relationship.

Paging through forgotten photo albums and acting out old war movies about brothers-in-arms, Nut leaps through time and memory, fantasy and reality, tracing the complex intimacy between a father and child.

Orange Julius appeared on the Kilroys List in 2014. The List is an “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by female and trans playwrights.”

The Village Voice praised Orange Julius for “…its articulate, forthright personal narrative; its attention to veterans’ experience; its foregrounding of a trans character without making Nut’s transition the sole focus of the plot.”

Author Basil Kreimendahl has been commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Basil was the Provost’s Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa 2013/2014. Basil’s work has been published by Dramatic Play Services, TCG, Howlround and Dramatic Publishing. MFA University of Iowa, 2013.

This Iowa premiere will be directed by Cavan Hallman, Mirrorbox Theatre’s Artistic Director.

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