Graduate Director Projects

Iowa Directors Festival

Week One: February 3, 4, 5, 2021 8:00 pm 

(two pieces presented each night, one ticket per night covers both)

small hours
By Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime
Directed by Sarah Gazdowicz

Where does your mind wander to in the small hours of the morning? Alone and struggling mentally and emotionally with being a new parent, a woman navigates those eerie early hours where your darkest thoughts are your loudest.

This production contains themes centralizing around post-partum depression in an immersive way. This includes disassociation, anxiety, and isolation.

Letters from Cuba
By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito

Letters from Cuba seamlessly moves back and forth in time, place, and spirit, linking a recently emigrated dancer in New York City to her family across the sea in Cuba. The play interweaves familial, romantic, and platonic love into a singular feeling of closeness and affection. A poetic reflection on the act of artistic creation, on memory and dreams, on longing desires, and how the yearning of a brother and sister to reunite is so strong it defies the logic of time and space. Letters from Cuba quietly explores the connections and separations between people and across borders, through an ethereal, dreamy lens.

Week Two: February 10, 11, 12, 2021 8:00 pm 

(two pieces presented each night, one ticket per night covers both)

Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Kenneth Collins

In this short atmospheric drama by University of Iowa graduate Tennessee Williams, two unnamed characters, Man and Woman, live in a crumbling flat on the Lower East Side. He is a drunk, and she is purposefully wasting away - but between them there is an intimacy of desperation. Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen examines the ways we can feel isolated even while being surrounded by others.

England’s Splendid Daughters
Written and directed by Ann Kreitman

England’s Splendid Daughters is a physical theatre piece based on the memoirs of ambulance drivers in World War I. When the British were losing the war, in order to send more men to the trenches, they promoted all service level staff to the front lines. To replace the ambulance drivers, the British Armed Forces sought out unmarried women who knew how to drive a car. Unintentionally, they recruited a bunch of lesbians. England’s Splendid Daughters was written to prove to ourselves and the world that queer people have always been heroes.

This production contains graphic descriptions of violence, death, and injury, and strong language.

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