2019-20 Season
Performed at the Stoner Theater
in the Des Moines Civic Center

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

September 27 to October 13th (Performed In Rep with A Doll's House Part 2)

One of the most transformative plays in the history of Western theatre, A Doll’s House has been electrifying audiences for over a century.  Nora, a seemingly naive young housewife, learns that her marriage is more hollow and fragile than the strong alliance she believed in. As her illusions come tumbling down around her, Ibsen questions to the roles society forces women into. When Nora finally strikes out on her how, it was the door slam heard around the world.

A Doll’s House Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

September 27 to October 13th (Performed In Rep with A Doll's House)

Lucas Hnath’s Tony-nominated sequel to Ibsen’s masterpiece imagines Nora returning fifteen years after she closed the door on her marriage and family. What has she been doing? How have Torvald and the children fared? What are the costs of Nora’s famous exit from her family and home? Hnath’s acclaimed script turns the fallout from one of the classic stories of the stage to a cutting edge, searing look at the consequences of the choices we make.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

December 13 to 22, 2019

A Christmas Carol has been a holiday tradition for Iowa Stage, and to celebrate our move to the Stoner we are creating a new version, with all new sets, to delight holiday audiences with the timeless tale of Scrooge’s ghostly visitations and Yuletide change of heart.

Adore Us! Line by Robert John Ford

January 24 to February 2, 2020

Robert John Ford’s Caucus! The Musical! has been delighting Iowa audiences and lampooning presidential hopefuls every four years since 2007. For 2020 he is creating a new musical, and Iowa Stage will have the World Premiere! Politicians are auditioning for the role of a lifetime, and this parody of A Chorus Line! Shows the grit behind the glamor. With characters ripped from the headlines, Adore Us! Line offers a laughing look at the raucous caucus chaos.

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter

March 27 to April 5th, 2020

A young woman returns to her North Carolina hometown to ask her deceased mother’s best friend to bake her wedding cake. But she’s marrying a woman, and the friend, very religious, refuses. And then things, including a baking reality TV show and dormant marriage, get very, very interesting. A charming and moving play from one of the writers of the award-winning hit TV series This is Us.

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

May 15-24, 2020

Lynn Nottage’s masterpiece of blue collar America looks at the tensions of factory workers as they struggle with labor strife, racial tension, getting another gimlet and the boiling frustrations of trying to make a dollar out of fifty cents. Created by Nottage after more than two years spent  in Reading, PA interviewing residents of the then poorest city in America, Sweat won the Pulitzer prize for the passion and humor of its vivid characters as they fight for their lives in a world that is changing around them faster than anyone can keep up.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare On The Lawn - June 17-21, 2020

In partnership with Salisbury House & Gardens

ISTC returns to for Shakespeare On The Lawn with our partners, Salisbury House and Garden. Shakespeare’s classic telling of one of history’s great fables. Caesar’s ambition frightens Brutus and others to turn on him and assassinate him, leading to civil war in Rome. A tale of political intrigue with brutal consequences, Shakespeare’s poetry makes Roman history sing today.