Iowa City – Fourth Room Theatre has changed its 2015 Free Outdoor Classic from The Tempest by William Shakespeare to Private Lives by Noel Coward. Core member Angie Toomsen explains, “Due to unforseen circumstances with cast availability, we elected to postpone The Tempest to another time when our full cast would be available. This happened with Cymbeline a couple years ago and it worked out just fine to postpone.”
The show will be directed by core member Rachel Howell and utilizes five members of the cast of The Tempest. “Private Lives is a passion project for Rachel and we have a willing and talented cast who have rolled with the shift,” said Toomsen. “It will be a delightful summer show, I have no doubt.”
From the Fourth Room website:
The 1930’s comedy explores the love lives of a divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, who are shocked to run into each other while honeymooning at the same hotel in France with their respective new spouses. Their feelings for one another are rekindled, setting in motion the same cycle of love and violence that plagued their initial marriage.
Coward’s play, written in just four days when he was only 30 years old, is a perennial favorite. Coward himself starred as Elyot when the play first premiered. The show’s popularity was immediate and hasn’t waned since. It was adapted for film in 1931 and has had several radio and television productions since then, as well as numerous award-winning London and Broadway stagings.
Matthew James as Elyot
Jessica Link as Amanda
Matthew Brewbaker as Victor
Erin Mills as Sybil
Sara Knox as Louise
Fourth Room will present Private Lives at the same beautiful outdoor location as previous summers, 901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City. Limited parking is available on the grounds, with additional spots across the street at Kinnick Stadium. For more information go here.