The Niceties

Performance dates:

All Sunday & Thursday performances are 50% audience capacity

Friday, March 11 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 12 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13 @ 2:00pm

Thursday, March 17 @ 7:30pm
Friday, March 18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 19 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 20 @ 2:00pm

Thursday, March 24 @ 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Friday, March 25 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 26 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 27 @ 2:00pm – very limited availability


ZOE REED: Crystal Marie Stewart
JANINE BOSKO: Jody Hovland*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Creative Team

Director: Curtis M. Jackson
Scenic Designer: S. Benjamin Farrar
Costume Designer: Bethany Kasperek
Lighting Designer: Kim Fain
Sound Designer: Bri Atwood
Prop Designer: Stephen Polchert
Stage Manager: Maggie McClellan
Assistant Stage Manager: Sara Ashbaugh
Technical Director: Chris Rich
COVID Safety Officers: Anna Novak, Sara Ashbaugh


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

by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Curtis M. Jackson
March 11 – 27, 2022 at Riverside Theatre

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.

Covid Protocols:

All Thursday and Sunday performances of The Niceties are 50% capacity.

Every performance will follow Riverside Theatre’s policy below:

  • 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 or call us during box office hours (11am – 2pm Tuesday/Wednesday, 12:30 -5:30pm Thursday/Friday) at (319) 259-7099.