Eden Prairie, 1971

Performance dates:

Previews and all Sunday & Thursday performances are 50% audience capacity


*Thursday, February 17 @ 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Friday, February 18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, February 19 @ 7:30pm
*Sunday, February 20 @ 2:00pm – SOLD OUT


Riverside Theatre, 119 E College St., located on the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City

by Mat Smart
Directed by Adam Knight
February 4 – 20, 2022 at Riverside Theatre

On the night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, a draft dodger steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota from Canada. He risks arrest to deliver a message to a young woman from his high school class. This beautifully etched play by the writer of The Agitators challenges notions of our own bravery and the true cost of freedom.

Eden Prairie, 1971 is produced at Riverside Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other Partner Theaters are New Jersey Repertory Company and Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado. For more information, please visit nnpn.org 

Covid Protocols 

New: 50% reduced audience capacity performances for all previews, and all Thursday and Sunday performances of Eden Prairie, 1971. Every performance will follow Riverside Theatre’s policy below:

Riverside Theatre’s health and safety protocols are guided by local public health professionals, local mandates, and CDC Public Health Recommendations.

Masks are required to be worn correctly by all staff, volunteers, and patrons while in the venue. In addition to embracing face-masks as a public health tool, we require all patrons to present a 72- hour (or less) negative COVID-19 test for each individual attending the performance, at every performance. We will accept documentation of vaccination via a vaccine card in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test. Appropriate documentation for a vaccination card will include patron state-issued ID plus one of the following: physical vaccination card or a photo of each individual’s vaccination card. This policy will be enforced at all Riverside events unless otherwise noted.

Questions? Please contact the Riverside Theatre Box Office at boxoffice@riversidetheatre.org or call us Tuesday & Wednesday 11am – 2pm, Thursday – Friday 12:30 – 5:30pm at (319) 259-7099.


PETE: Kyle Clark
RACHEL: Christina Sullivan
MRS. THOMPSON: Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers

Creative Team

Director: Adam Knight
Scenic Designer: S. Benjamin Farrar
Costume Designer: Zamora Simmons
Lighting Designer: Jim Vogt
Sound Designer: Chris Okiishi
Prop Designer: Stephen Polchert
Stage Manager: Jared Kiebel
Technical Director: Chris Rich
Assistant Stage Manager: Anna Novak
Assistant Director: Sara Ashbaugh
Board Operator: Merric Bower