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Summer Season Announcement

March 31, 2017 - 11:05 AM


 This summer, Riverside in the Park will present the political tragedy "Macbeth" and the family-friendly hip hop comedy "The Bomb-itty of Errors."

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 IOWA CITY -- Riverside Theatre is pleased to announce that its 2017 Riverside in the Park summer season at Lower City Park will feature Shakespeare's political tragedy "Macbeth" and "The Bomb-itty of Errors," a hip hop adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors." The summer programming will be rounded out by pre-performance green shows open to the public and pop-up events at the Gilbert Street theater.

 The season will open with "Macbeth," directed by Riverside artistic director Sean Christopher Lewis, who notes that to contemporary ears, "Macbeth" may Shakespeare's most intelligible classic -- as well as one of his most violent. "Macbeth" delivers audiences to "a world at war with an even larger evil on the horizon," says Lewis. "It is a story of ambition and pride and boredom. What happens when people become obsessed and leave their homes and worlds for extended periods of time? When they get used to conflict as the everyday? When there is no nation, no unification and only singular pursuits?" For today's generations of theatregoers, this uncanny tragedy of power struggles and dark politics may appear more prescient than ever.

 In Lewis's bold new staging, "Macbeth" will explore political power on epic and intimate scales. "Macbeth" opens June 9 and runs through June 18 and will star Patrick DuLaney ("A View from the Bridge") and Chicago-based actor Saren Nofs-Snyder as Lord and Lady Macbeth.

 "The Bomb-itty of Errors," a hip hop comedy which premiered in 1999, was written by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Erik Weiner, Gregory J. Qaiyum and Jeffrey Qaiyum (the Qaiyum brothers are better known for their work leading the Q Brothers "ad-rap-tation" company). On this shift from Riverside in the Park's typical classical programming, Lewis says, "'Bomb-itty' allows us to present family-friendly fare, bring in a diverse cast and speak in a contemporary form. The park should be an inclusive space across age and race -- this show is a good invitation to viewers and actors alike." The bridge between Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" and rap, Lewis notes, is an exploration of self and family: "Hip hop is all about identity -- where am I from, what is my name, what do I represent and what is real? 'The Comedy of Errors' is about the same things. Two sets of twins have been estranged from each other for years and created identities separate from one another. When, by chance, they come face-to-face they have to ask: Who am I? If I'm not wholly unique am I even an individual?"

 "The Bomb-itty of Errors" opens June 23 and runs through July 2 and will star Barrington Vaxter ("Black and Blue" and "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore"). The show features hip hop, live DJing and four actors shifting between twelve characters. "The Bomb-itty of Errors" is sure to delight families, rap aficionados and fans of "Hamilton" and "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" alike.

 Patrick DuLaney's Riverside credits include Eddie Carbone in "A View from the Bridge" and Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Friar Laurence in "Romeo and Juliet" and Costard in "Love's Labour's Lost" for Riverside in the Park. He has also acted in Old Creamery Theatre and City Circle Acting Company productions. National credits include the title roles in "Macbeth" and "Floyd Collins," Mr. Zero in The Hypocrites' acclaimed Chicago production of "The Adding Machine" and a national tour of "Gypsy." He is a founding member of the Alaska Shakespeare Festival.

 Saren Nofs-Snyder is a Jeff-nominated, Chicago-based actress. She teaches at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Saren has worked with companies including Lookingglass Theatre, Piven Theatre Ensemble, Next Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, New Leaf, BoHo, First Folio, Remy Bumpo and Circle Theatre where she appeared as Mrs. Cheveley in "An Ideal Husband," a role which earned her a Jeff nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. Regionally Saren has worked with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Artists Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre company and many others.

 Barrington Vaxter is an actor from Iowa City, Iowa. Recent roles include Marcus Gentry in Riverside's "Black and Blue," a national tour of Working Group Theatre's "Out of Bounds" and the title role in Working Group Theatre's adaptation of "The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore" at the Englert Theatre.

 "Macbeth," directed by Sean Christopher Lewis and starring Patrick DuLaney and Saren Nofs-Snyder, opens June 9 and runs through June 18 in Iowa City's Lower City Park. "The Bomb-itty of Errors," starring Barrington Vaxter, opens June 23 and runs through July 2 in Lower City Park. Both productions are sponsored by Oaknoll.

Tickets will go on sale this month so check back in soon or follow us on Facebook! Feel free to call our box office at (319) 338-7672 or email [email protected]  for more information!

 Show dates:


 Friday, June 9, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 15, 8 p.m.

Friday, June 16, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 18, 7 p.m.


"The Bomb-itty of Errors"

 Friday, June 23, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 29, 8 p.m.

Friday, June 30, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 2, 7 p.m.

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