theatre

Music
3:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Women in Song: From Codependence to Independence

from "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" in Chicago
Courtesy of Dorothy Marcic

When Professor Dorothy Marcic was asked to give a talk about how women have been portrayed in song lyrics over the course of the 21st century, she was shocked to find that nobody had really look into it, so she did.

“What I found was that the songs that resonated on Top 40 charts, have shadowed the women’s empowerment movement. Songs start out being very co-dependent, like in Little Peggy March’s ‘I Will Follow Him’ and end up being very empowering. Take ‘I Will Survive’ by Gloria  Gaynor," she explains.

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Talk of Iowa
12:41 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"The Schaffner Players" and "The Age of Miracles"

Interior of The Schaffner Players tent, 1941.
Courtesy of Michael Kramme

In the early 20th Century entertainment could be hard to come by and a great deal of excitement greeted troops of traveling actors when they arrived in small Iowa towns. As radio, movies and later television became popular, most of these troops disappeared.

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Talk of Iowa
11:10 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Farmscape & Spring Awakening

Farmscape
Ben Garland / Flickr

The play "Farmscape" gives us a glimpse into many different aspects of the changing rural environment. Talk of Iowa talks with Mary Swander who wrote "Farmscape" along with a class of MFA students from Iowa State University. And we’ll meet the man, Duncan Sheik, who wrote the music for the Broadway musical "Spring Awakening" and find out about the University of Iowa's production.

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Talk of Iowa
11:32 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Veterans' Stories in "Telling: Des Moines"

Veteran Steve Hyde in IPR's Des Moines studio
John Pemble / IPR

For those of us who haven't served in the military, it's hard to imagine what it must be like. A new theatrical performance called, "Telling: Des Moines" gives Iowa veterans and change for them to share their stories and gives the audience and opportunity to understand the experience.

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Talk of Iowa
11:34 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Blind Iowan Pioneers and Discourse about Diversity

Charity talks with Peggy Chong, who has spent the past twenty years researching the history of the Blind. Her recent article Blind Iowan Pioneers Succeed looks at the story of Lillian Blanche Fearing, a blind Iowan who grew up to be one of the very first woman lawyers in the country. Later, a conversation with playwright Sean Christopher Lewis who brings his creation, Mayberry, to Iowa City. The play explores the impact of the Johnson County town's increasing African American population and how a lily white community engages in true discourse about its diversity. 

Business
7:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres

The theater in Forest City is one small town cinema that closed due to digital conversion costs.
IPR/Dean Borg

The familiar movie-opening theme is fading in many of Iowa’s small communities. Many main-street theaters, caught in a technological dilemma, are closing. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg, reports some communities are scrambling to preserve main stret silver screens.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Riverside Theatre and Lynn Rossetto Kasper

"Walking the Wire", Riverside Theatre’s annual festival of original work from playwrights across North America, will bring to the stage a wide variety of potentially implausible scenarios as part of this year’s theme, "This Will Never Work." Today, we'll hear from three actors in the Iowa City theatre's Annual Monologue Festival. Later, Charity speaks with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of "The Splendid Table," about America's changing relationship with food. She'll tell us what she does to make cooking dinner less of a chore and more of a pleasure.