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Iowa Thespian Festival

The Iowa Thespian Festival is a weekend filled with performances, auditions, workshops and nearly 1,000 theatre students from across the state of Iowa. The Iowa Thespian Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Iowa Educational Theatre Association. For the past five years, the Department of Theatre has hosted the event at various locations on the UNI campus.

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: Love and Information

By: Caryl Churchill

In partnership with UNI’s Cornerstone course we present Love & Information, by award winning playwright Caryl Churchill. The Cornerstone theme for the year is Media & Social Media; we explore how our interactions have been abraded by our media-rich lives. Love & Information presents a blizzard of fragments snatched from our personal relationships as mediated and negotiated by the different ways messages travel through our everyday lives. It’s all about individuals trying to connect with and understand one another — ultimately in vain perhaps, but that’s just what makes such daily struggles heroic.  

"[A] thought-churning, deeply poignant new play...Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span. - New York Times 

"...one of the many points made by this exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope is that we live in a world where information bombardment is in danger of leading to atrophy of memory, erosion of privacy and decay of feeling." - The Guardian

Directed by: Jay Edelnant

Theatre UNI Presents: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

By: Rebecca Gilman

Rebecca Gilman’s The Sweetest Swing in Baseball opens the 2014-15 Theatre UNI season, and is about a struggling artist whose mental discrepancies land her in a mental ward. After being told her insurance will only cover 10 days in the ward, Dana Fielding decides to adopt an alternate personality in order to convince her counselor (and insurance company) that she is in further need of help. She is coached into being former Baseball player Darryl Strawberry by two of her fellow patients, Michael and Gary, as they help her try to avoid being released back into the “real world” where she feels lost and disconnected. The show humorously embodies the idea that sometimes we need a bit of a mental break to help us through our rough patches.

Directed by: Steve Taft

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