TheatreUNI announces upcoming 2023-2024 season
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The UNI Department of Theatre is thrilled to announce a full four-show lineup for TheatreUNI’s 2023-2024 season, which includes a wide range of shows for every theatrical taste.
“Whether you’re a lover of comedies or dramas, musicals or straight plays, your seat is waiting for you at TheatreUNI this season,” says Eric Lange, TheatreUNI artistic director. “Our wide-ranging 2023-2024 season includes an eclectic mix of styles and scale that offers something for everyone. We can’t wait for you to join us.”
The season begins with “The Play That Goes Wrong” (Sept. 29 – Oct. 8), a laugh-out-loud comedy by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer. In this farcical murder mystery, the audience follows along as the cast battles against technical gaffes, forgotten lines and sabotaging scenery in a quest to arrive in one piece at the final curtain call. Featuring hidden doors, a disintegrating set and actors who are prone to mishaps, “The Play That Goes Wrong” is a smash hit on Broadway, London and on multiple international tours.
Just in time for Halloween, TheatreUNI will present “Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy” (Oct. 26 – Nov. 5) by Kate Hamill. Well-known for her contemporary theatrical adaptations of classic literature, Hamill boldly reimagines the world’s most famous vampire story from a feminist point of view. Tables are turned and roles reversed as the heroines of this play plunge a wooden stake into the heart of the patriarchy itself.
Next up is “Heathers: The Musical” (Feb. 23 – March 3) by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe. Based on the 1998 cult hit starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the show welcomes audiences to Westerburg High where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder being a somebody.
For its final production of the season, TheatreUNI will present “Suzette Who Set to Sea” (April 20 – April 21) by Finegan Kruckemayer. In a small seaside village where men build boats and women do not, young Suzette knows she is different – she longs for the sea and believes she is meant for something greater than a life on land. So when a mysterious event occurs, Suzette is forced to do that most difficult thing – prove herself worthy of her destiny. This youth theater production will tour to all Waterloo elementary schools during the spring 2024 semester.