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25 years ago, Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country - stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time.You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”
Ten Tiny Performances offers the rare opportunity to see performances by ten artists in one evening who work in various mediums, including dance, music, theater and visual art. Artists will have five minutes to dance, install and perform their work. Pulling from Iowa Cities diverse art scenes, artists Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Lindsay Fisher, Olivier Tarpaga, Heidi Bartlett, LaMar Barber, Sean Laufhead, Andy Thierauf, Duane Holland, Saffron Henke, Sarah Kanouse, Kuldeep Singh, Maurice Watson and Dora Malech will share the 4’ x 4’ stage for an exciting night of performance.
Johann Strauss’ effervescent operetta Die Fledermaus is a delightfully comic story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centered on a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky.
William Fitzsimmons is equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist, creating captivating music, which melds depravity, honesty and autobiography into a counter-intuitive seamless whole. He is perhaps best-known for his songs "Passion Play" and "Please Don't Go," which aired during episodes of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy." Fitzsimmons has released several albums since his debut release in 2005, each of which is largely related to his family history, intimate disclosure and bold confession. His songs contain rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic.
"A one-woman contemporary-classical commissioning machine" (Pitchfork), violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing solo works from the likes of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein and Marcos Balter. Her debut album First Things First was named a record of the year by The New York Times, and her sophomore album, Baroque, has been called "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" by SPINMedia and website PopMatters.
Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.
Anthony Jeselnik is a stand-up comedian, most famous for "The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump" and "The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen," as well as "The Jeselnik Offensive," which he starred in and created, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on "Conan," "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."Anthony has also written for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on "A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education." Anthony was named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central's Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, Shakespeare, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released "Caligula," his first hour-long special, to critical acclaim.
Was the Word is Working Group Theatre's monthly spoken word and storytelling event at The Englert Theatre. Each event features community members and local performers sharing their words and experiences on stage to benefit local non-profits or community service groups. Was the Word's season sponsor is Hancher Auditorium (www.hancher.uiowa.edu) with additional thanks to Alan Swanson, BLANK & McCUNE The Real Estate Company, and The Englert Theatre.
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