Coralville – So do you remember when I wrote about experiencing three unique shows last summer? One of them was a production of Company, produced by Chris Okiishi and Patrick Dulaney. It was a wonderfully fun evening and the only downside was that more people couldn’t attend because of the size of the North Ridge Pavilion. Fortunately, they’re doing it again, this time at the CCPA! Here’s all of the information:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts will present a special performance of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company on Sunday, September 20 at 7:30 pm to benefit City Circle Acting Company of Coralville.
Produced by Chris Okiishi and Patrick DuLaney, the show centers around confirmed bachelor Robert on the night of his 35th birthday as he contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends — “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” — explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse.
The production which was the brainchild of Okiishi and DuLaney was performed in early August at a party they hosted at Coralville’s North Ridge Paviliion. Last spring they decided to throw a party and put on a show featuring some of their favorite theatre people. The production is a one-of-a-kind immersive theater experience–combining a party with a performance and will be reprised on stage at the Performing Arts Center. Audience members will be seated on stage with the actors. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
The cast includes Patrick DuLaney, Robyn Calhoun, Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, Megan Gogerty, Ken Van Egdon, Joe Mosher, Rip Russell, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Mary Rinderspacher, Lindsay Raasch, Victoria Vaughn, Krista Neumann, Emil Rinderspacher, and Adam Kopfman. DuLaney directed the production and Carl Rowles provided music direction.
Matthew Falduto wrote in the Iowa Theatre Blog after seeing the show, “As you might imagine, the hand picked cast was excellent, easily navigating Stephen Sondheim’s challenging score. At the heart of it, the show is about finding someone, a partner, and all the joys and heartbreaks that can come with it. While filled with laugh out loud moments, it can also be an incredibly moving show. This cast handled both sides of that coin wonderfully well.”
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at coralvillearts.org or at the Performing Arts Center at 1301 5th Street in Coralville. Limited seating is available.