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Welcome to Thebes

Welcome to Thebes*

By Moira Buffini
Directed by Paul Kalina

March 2 -11, 2017

Thayer Theatre
UI Theatre Building, 200 N Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA, 52242

Faced with an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure and a volatile army, the first democratic president of Thebes, Eurydice, promises peace to her nation. But establishing a Democracy proves to be delicate work. Without the aid of Theseus, the arrogant, mercurial and profit driven leader of the vastly wealthy state of Athens, she doesn't stand a chance. A swaggering opposition, impatient for insurrection, prowls on the fringe to undermine the new "Female" President. All the while, the body of the former dictator lies unburied.

Set in the present day but inspired by ancient myth, Welcome to Thebes offers a compassionate exploration of an encounter between the world's richest and the world's poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.

PLEASE NOTE: Trigger warning: Welcome to Thebes contains violence, graphic depictions of war, and reference to sexual assault, which may be triggering to some individuals. This production contains strong language, violence with blood, use of weapons, the sound of gunfire, and the use of theatrical haze and strobe effects.

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Running Time

90 minutes - 10 minute intermission - 30 minutes


For this University Theatre event, each University of Iowa or other college student must present their student ID to attend the performance with a student ticket.



Parking in Lot 55 is free for patrons after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Parking meters surround the perimeter of the lot for week-day use. Please note that Lot 55 is also a staging area for free shuttle buses to Hawkeye Football and Basketball games. On Saturdays when Mainstage performances are held at the same time as a Hawkeye Football Game, Lot 28 will be reserved for Theater Patrons.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. All theatres are accessible, and are equipped with hearing augmentation systems. For details, call Theatre Arts (319-335-1700).
The main entrance is accessible to persons with disabilities, and is located on the east (river) side of the building. It is reached via a ramp located at the southwest corner of the building.

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