City Circle Acting Company opens its 18th season with John Heimbuch’s William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead on October 18-20. Performances are October 16 and 17 at 7:30 pm and October 18 at 2:00 pm.
Described by Director Patrick DuLaney as “a bizarre mashup of Shakespeare in Love and The Walking Dead,” the play tells the tale of the 1599 zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V at the newly-constructed (and strong enough to keep out the “Afflicted”) Globe Theatre. The play takes you backstage when Shakespeare and his company of players have just finished the opening night performance of Henry V. Before they can celebrate, they become aware of a plague in London that allows the "Afflicted" to rise from death. The newly-constructed Globe is the safest place in town, so everybody who's anybody seeks shelter there and the characters must learn how to survive amongst both the undead and each other. “ I’m so excited to bring Land of the Dead to this community,” says Director DuLaney. “It’s got everything—sword duels, wordplay, amazing makeup effects from Andrew Burlage, and an unbelievably great professional-grade cast. You won’t want to miss this brand new, unique theatre experience.”
Tickets are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at coralvillearts.org or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street. Tickets are also available at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. The show is sponsored by Ken Krizan.
City Circle Acting Company is the community theater program of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Since 1997, City Circle’s mission has been the production of high quality dramatic, musical, and performing art pieces for the enjoyment of the public. The next City Circle production is Into the Woods (April 24-May 3).
Owned and operated by the City of Coralville, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enriching the community and contributing to the vitality of Coralville by offering an accessible, affordable venue for a variety of performances, presentations, and public and private events. The 472 seat theater opened August 26, 2011 and has hosted performances from City Circle Acting Company, Orchestra Iowa, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Dan Knight, Lola Astanova, Lorie Line, Judy Carmichael, Jim McDonough, Nolte Academy of Dance, and many others. Coralville schools are also able to use the Center free of charge up to three times per year; 15 school events took place at the Center in the 2013-2014 school year. The Center was named 2012 Member of the Year by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.