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Uncommon Sense

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kenny G Live In Concert

Kenny G plays a mix of his greatest hits and your Christmas favorites. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Ring the holiday season in with the astounding playing ability of Kenny G in this entertaining show.

Sandi Patty

As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, Sandi Patty is simply known as The Voice. With a vocal talent that was too big for any one genre, Sandi sang as a soloist with the great American orchestras, mastered the American song book and sang Broadway standards to rave reviews.  In her heart though, Sandi remained a Christian singer and this last Christmas tour offers us the opportunity to hear her in all her glory. 

Canadian Brass

Classic Christmas – Your favorite Christmas music played like you’ve never heard it.

If you said Canadian Brass represented the "gold standard" among brass quintets, you'd be right on the mark. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master (and sole original member) Chuck Daellenbach, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map. Renowned for genre-bending versatility, joyous performances and gentle humor, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. 

Foreigner The Hits Unplugged

Foreigner is not an 80s band. The music of Foreigner spans generations, their hits continue to be embedded in film, prime time television and video games. Hits like Hot BloodedCold As Ice and Juke Box Hero have driven Foreigner’s modern-day renaissance, solidifying their status as one of the most popular acts in the world. So dig out those concert tees, download the flickering lighter app and join us for Foreigner The Hits Unplugged!

VIP Experience
Includes:

* Foreigner Tote Bag
* Autographed Limited Edition CD!
* Photo with the band
* VIP limited edition laminate
* $10 coupon towards merchandise purchase at show

* Light snacks and appetizers

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Country Unplugged Featuring: Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, and Joe Diffie

Three artists. More than 57 Top Ten hits, 26 No. 1 Hits, nine platinum records and a myriad of awards. Together, Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie will share an evening of music that made them household names.  Chart toppers like Chesnutt’s Almost Goodbye, Lorrie’s I Didn’t Know My Own Strength and Diffie’s classic John Deere Green will take you on a country roller coaster ride. Hear the three hit-makers in this unplugged setup for an intimate evening of sharing stories and singing their biggest hits.

Menopause The Musical

COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD!

Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!

It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

Unelectable You

This is the political revue to “Trump” them all. The Second City partners with Slate Magazine to combine improv with up-to-the-minute scripts to skewer candidates of both parties. Whether you wear red or blue, UNELECTABLE YOU will have you rolling in the aisle at the campaign trail humor our candidates have so generously supplied. Find reprieve from the political madness with this hilarious political parody. 

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