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Iowa - Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

Iowa

Jenny Schwartz, Todd Almond

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Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy

1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573704673

A fanciful, absurdist, and intoxicating musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Dark Comedy

Experimental

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Multiple locations:

Sandy’s suburban home
Jim’s flat in London
A tree house
School
Roger’s home in Iowa


FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. But in this fanciful, absurdist, and intoxicating musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond nothing can prepare them for what they’ll find.


REVIEWS

"Each brief, witty line seems to have a life of its own . . . Smart, off-angle pop art songs, by Schwartz and the excellent Todd Almond, add to the abundance of pleasures." - TimeOut New York, Read More

"Iowa is never predictable — and its strangeness is purposeful, offering a real warning about the surreal world around us." The Village Voice, Read More


Check out these photos from Playwrights Horizons' production of Iowa in March 2015.


Iowa premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in March of 2015 under the direction of Ken Rus Schmoll.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Roles for Children

YOUNGER BECCA / CHILD - female, 8ish
SANDY - female, 40s - 50s
BECCA - female, teenager - can be played by young woman
ROGER / MR. HILL/ JIM / PONY - male, 40s - 50s
AMANDA / LATINA NANCY DREW / SISTER WIFE - female, 20s - 40s
BLACK NANCY DREW / SISTER WIFE - female, 20s - 40s
LIZ / ASIAN NANCY DREW / TRANSGENDER NANCY DREW / SISTER WIFE - female, 20s - 40s
CHEERLEADER / JEWISH NANCY DREW / SISTER WIFE - female, 20s - 40s

Various other characters to be played by the ensemble.

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock

9 Piano Conductor Scores

1 Bass
1 Viola

Videos
  • Iowa - Playwrights Horizons Trailer

  • Iowa - Scene from Playwrights Horizons

  • "I Am A Hawk"

  • Audience response to Iowa at Playwrights Horizons

  • Todd Almond discusses "Coastal Erosion"

  • Todd Almond discusses "Cheerleaders"

Author(s)
Jenny Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz

Jenny Schwartz’s plays include God’s Ear, Somewhere Fun, and Cause For Alarm. Somewhere Fun will receive its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre in the spring of 2013, directed by Anne Kauffman. God's Ear was produced in New York by New Georges and the Vineyard Theatre, also directed by Anne Kauffman. God's Ear has been produced nationally and internationally from Lisbon, Portugal to Boise, ... view full profile

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Todd Almond

Todd Almond

Todd Almond is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. For The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater (a production in which he also starred as Ariel). His musicals include Girlfriend (Berkeley Rep., and Actors Theatre of Louisville, with songwriter Matthew Sweet, dir: Les Waters); Melancholy Play ... view full profile

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