Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f, 1girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

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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"
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Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting:

    Multiple locations:

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


Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock

Casting

1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

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.

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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Children

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

9 Piano Conductor Scores

1 Bass
1 Viola

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Authors

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 ...

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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 ...

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

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