IOWA CITY — Riverside Theatre recently announced its 2012-13 season.
The theater will present six productions, including an explosive comedy about battling brothers and a one-man show about an outrageous elf. The lineup is as follows:
“True West,” Sept. 7 to 30. Austin, an ambitious Hollywood screenwriter working on a potential million-dollar project and Lee, a vagabond thief with a compulsion for six-packs and toasters, are reunited in their mother’s home. The two brothers battle their demons and each other in Shepard’s brutal and acidly funny masterpiece.
“Manning Up,” Oct. 12 to 28. The way pregnancy is changing their wives is visible — but longtime friends Donnie and Raymond are discovering that fatherhood is changing who they are, too.
“The Santaland Diaries,” Dec. 7 to 9. A wacky and witty portrait of a fledgling actor who gets a seasonal job at Macy’s Herald Square as one of Santa’s underlings.
“The Exit Interview,” Jan. 25 to Feb. 17. Professor Dick Fig has been fired and must endure an exit interview with Eunice. Eunice engages in small talk. Dick expounds on existential theories of alienation. Together, they experience communiques from God, shameless advertisements, offensive cheerleading, and ever-closer attacks by a masked gunman.
“Walking the Wire: TMI,” March 1 to 10. The theater’s annual celebration of monologues, chosen from submissions by playwrights from across the country with this year’s theme being “too much information.”
Submissions are due Sept. 15. For more information, visit Riversidetheatre.org.
“Blackbird,” April 5 to 21. Una confronts Ray 15 years after the end of their relationship, which took place when he was 40 and she was 12. Ray has served prison time and changed his identity, but Una has found him — and she’s seeking answers.
In addition to these performances, two special readings will be held this season: “8” on Nov. 15 and “Permanent Collection” on April 22. Watch Riversidetheatre.org for more details later in the season.
Single tickets and Riverdog Season Passes go on sale in late August. Riverdog Season Passes are $115 each.
Single tickets are $15 to $28 with discounts for youth 18 and under, as well as for those over 60 or under 30.
For more information or to order tickets, call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at (319) 338-7672 or visit Riversidetheatre.org.