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Riverside Theatre's Outdoor Summer Repertory Season in Iowa City, Iowa

                                   Riverside Theatre- Theatre in the Park Festival Stage

BREAKING NEWS: Riverside Theatre was just informed that Johnson County Officials have revised their flooding projections.  Tonight, Wednesday, July 2 will now be the last performance of OTHELLO.  Starting Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 13 THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] will be onstage at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City.

If you have tickets to shows July 3 or after, or have questions, please email [email protected]

Now entering its 15th season, Riverside Theatre in the Park stands out as a landmark professional theatre festival among the Iowa City area's vibrant summer arts scene.

This year's shows are Othello by William Shakespeare, directed by Theodore Swetz, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, directed by Ron Clark.  Both productions are performed at the Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City's Lower City ParkMap of City Park

Shakespeare’s Othello is an emotionally gripping thriller of jealousy, passion and revenge. The story explores race, betrayal and politics through the tumultuous romance of the military general Othello, his wife Desdemona and Othello’s secret rival, Iago.  Othello is a must-see classic for all fans of the stage.

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Called by The Guardian, “Rollicking, fast-moving and hilarious,” The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is a full-power, energetic romp through Shakespeare covering all 37 plays in 97 minutes – with some creative editing, of course!  This parody of the classic plays includes modern pop-culture references, audience engagement, and improvisation- enough to make any Shakespeare lover, or hater, laugh out loud. 


Riverside Theatre in the Park (also known as RTP and previously known as the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival) is the summer season of Riverside Theatre, a resident professional company now in its 33rd year. Riverside Theatre presents a full season of works in its intimate facility on Gilbert Street.  The summer season takes place at the outdoor Riverside Festival Stage in Iowa City’s Lower City Park. 

The Globe-inspired Festival Stage, set against a bluff and adjacent to a willow-ringed reflecting pond, has great natural acoustics and is very performer friendly for the trained actor; no amplification is used. The theatre facility has air-conditioned dressing rooms, permanent audience seating for 472, and an adjacent Green Show stage and pavilion.

Riverside Theatre in the Park shows are performed by a professional and apprentice actors. Performers come to RTP from across the country including New York, Minneapolis and Kansas City.

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Box Office Hours
213 N. Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52245
[email protected]

Summer hours: 12PM - 4PM Tuesday-Saturday,  at 213 N. Gilbert St. Iowa City,
or 90 minutes before shows at the Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park, Iowa City

Spring hours: 12PM - 4PM. Monday - Friday, and one hour before shows.

Show Dates and Times

Othello by William Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 2, 8:00PMFINAL PERFORMANCE

The final performance of OTHELLO, Weds, 7/2 at 8:00PM will be at the Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park, Iowa City.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Now at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City

Friday, July 4, 6:00PM (Dogs’ Night is cancelled but the performance will go on)
Saturday, July 5, 7:00PM (Family Night) – added ‘Complete Works’ performance
Sunday, July 6, 7:00PM – added ‘Complete Works’ performance
Tuesday, July 8, 7:00PM (Family Night)
Wednesday, July 9, 8:00PM
Thursday, July 10, 8:00PM
Friday, July 11, 8:00PM
Saturday, July 12, 8:00PM
Sunday, July 13, 7:00PM

Open Rehearsal of Othello will be Sunday, June 8th, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park, Iowa City. Enjoy a sneak peek of RTP’s Othello as director Theodore Swetz works with the summer’s professional company to create a polished, dynamic and intriguing production. You may come to all of the rehearsal or simple drop in to get a taste of the show.

Friday, July 4 is Dogs' Night at the ParkBring your friendly, well-behaved dog(s) to the show with you and be done in time to see the Coralville fireworks! A pay-what-you will donation is suggested per pup.  Proceeds go to the Iowa City Animal Shelter.

Green Shows, a short spoof of the evening's main show performed by RTP apprentices, begin 1 hour before performances at the Green Show Stage near the Riverside Shelter. Map of Park.

Riverside Festival Stage Grounds and Concession Window open 90 minutes before performances.  You can purchase sandwich wraps, cookies, chips, adult and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy before the show.  Pick up a RTP '14 t-shirt or Riverside Theatre tote bag to remember your special night out.

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With questions call: 319-338-7672
For group discounts of 10 or more call 319-338-7672

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