Season 2021-2022

Fall 2021

The Grand Inquisitor

In collaboration with Iowa City Book Festival and University of Iowa Libraries’ “Dostoevsky at 200” exhibit.

October 2021 (Location TBD)

Dostoyevsky’s chilling parable about life, religious faith, and the stories that hold our society together. A monologue of urgency and intensity adapted from The Brothers Karamazov.

Walking The Wire

Theatre without a net! New monologues created for this moment by local and national voices. Performed live over two weekends.

The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged

by Jessica Bedford, Kathryn MacMillan, Charlotte Northeast, and Meghan Winch

November/December 2021 (Location TBD)

A fun, funny, and fast-paced romp through the masterpieces of Jane Austen. Three nimble actors take on all of Austen’s beloved heroines, friends, and love interests—and her incisive social satire—in just 80 minutes. Emma, Elinor, Mr. Darcy, and more. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that an audience in possession of high spirits must be in want of a ticket to this big-hearted comedy that will delight Janeites and newcomers alike.” This piece comes to RT via Tiny Dynamite, a very cool Philadelphia company!

Spring 2022

Eden Prairie, 1971

by Mat Smart (world premiere)

Directed by Adam Knight
January/February 2022

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.

The Niceties

by Eleanor Burgess

March 4 – 20, 2022

Academia is the new battlefront. Zoe, a black student at a liberal arts college, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

by Dave Malloy

April 22 – May 8, 2022

The Iowa premiere of an Obie-Award winning “electropop opera” based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation. A bold, ambitious, and celebratory piece of theatre to mark Riverside’s first season in its new home.