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2023 Season

Matthew McIver

Artistic Director

Our 2023 Season Sees A Collection of Stories full of Adventure


We are thrilled to be able to announce the lineup for ISTC’s sixth season. To kick the season off, we will begin with Alice Childress' historical play Trouble in mind. We follow that with A Bright New Boise and the classic Twelfth Night for Shakespeare in the Park.


To round the season out, we will feature the World Premier of Kerry Skram's adaptation of Persuasion along with the second showing of the one-woman show Chipmunk'd by Megan Gogerty and Finishing the year off with A Christmas Carol by Michael Wilson. 

We invite you to join us for these incredible shows at the Stoner Theater of Des Moines Performing Arts.


We cannot wait to see you IN-PERSON at the theater!


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Trouble in Mind
by Alice Childress

Mar. 31 - Apr. 9, 2023
A Bright
New Boise

By Samuel D. Hunter
May 12-21, 2023

Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
July 12 - 16, 2023
By Kerry Skram
Sept. 15-24 2023
By Megan Gogerty
Nov. 10 - 19, 2023

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Michael Wilson
Dec. 8-17, 2023

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By Alice Childress

March 31 - April 9, 2023

Prompting laughs and provoking thought in equal measure, Trouble In Mind looks at the challenges of
black artists working with a white theater to tell what may not be an authentic story. Wiletta Mayer is a black actor cast in another well-meaning “race play” of the time. She doesn’t mean trouble, but
sometimes there’s only so much a person can take.

The Cake


By Samuel D. Hunter

May 12 - 21, 2023

Will moves from his rural Idaho hometown and gets a job at the Boise Hobby Lobby looking for a fresh start – and a chance to meet Alex, the brooding teenager he gave up for adoption. However, Will’s secrets follow him, and soon everyone, from foul-mouthed manager Pauline to shy dreamer Anna and especially Alex’s adopted brother Leroy, is pulled into them. This moving yet funny play was a breakthrough for playwright Samuel Hunter, a graduate of University of Iowa, and won the Obie for best play. Another of Hunter’s plays, The Whale, is being released as a film starring Brendan Fraser.

It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Pla
Long Day's Journey Into Night


By Kerry Skram

September 15-24, 2023

Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, loss, and second chances is given new life in this new adaptation by Resident Artist Company member Kerry Skram. As a young woman, Anne Elliot broke her engagement with Frederick Wentworth after being persuaded by her family that he was not the one for her.

Years later, Anne arrives at her father’s new home in Bath to find that her family has been socializing with the now Captain Wentworth, who has had a successful career with the Royal Navy and proved his bravery fighting in WWI.

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By Megan Gogerty

November 10 - 19, 2023

Following a successful run at Riverside Theater in Iowa City, writer/performer Megan Gogerty brings her one-woman show to Iowa Stage Theatre Company! When Megan gets bit by a chipmunk, it sets in motion a series of hilarious disasters involving hospitals, roller skating, plumbing, psychedelics, and marriage.


As described by Riverside Theater, “A comedy about love, sex, and existential dread, CHIPMUNK’D is the play for when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

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By Charles Dickens adapted by Michael Wilson

December 8 - 17, 2023

This classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future has
become a tradition for Iowa Stage Theatre Company and Des Moines! The vision of designer Jay Jagim, who was involved in the initial creation of this adaptation at the Alley Theater in Houston
three decades ago, shines in the return of this heartwarming production. Bring the whole family to enjoy the timeless tale of Scrooge’s ghostly visitations and Yuletide change of heart.

A Christmas Carol

an Artist
or a Show

We count on the support of our generous donors to help us create the laughs, the goosebumps, the tears, and the rush of a well-told story. 


Sponsoring an artist helps offset production costs, allowing us work with a variety of Cloris Award-winning local artists. An artist is a performer, a director, a lighting designer, or any one of the  professionals creating the magic of the stage.

Sponsoring a show helps us cover the necessary cost of resources like venue rental, licensing, and more. Before we can build the set, help us secure the space.

To sponsor a show or an artist, contact

Matthew McIver, 

Artistic Director


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