Coe College presents a performance artist, musical and plenty of drama in the 2019-20 theatre lineup


This year’s theatrical season explores LGBTQ community issues and offers humor, drama and love while conducting an exploration of humanity. 

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for non-Coe students 18 and younger and seniors 55 and older. Visit to purchase tickets. Coe College students, faculty and staff attend for free.

Unless otherwise noted, all productions are presented in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. Performances begin at 7:30 PM, except for Sunday performances, which start at 2 PM. This year's productions include:

“Sheltered” — Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9, book and lyrics by Roxanne N. Rodriguez, music by Sarah C. Butts-Manzo, directed by Dr. Deanna Downes with music direction by Dr. Marc Falk.

In the Iowa premiere of this new musical, three college students stumble upon a community of homeless persons in an abandoned church. Following their discovery, the threat of eviction looms, while all characters try to resolve the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

“Stones in His Pockets” — Feb. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15, written by Marie Jones, directed by Dr. Deanna Downes by arrangement with Nick Hern Books and performed in Mills Theatre. 

Behind-the-scenes drama takes center stage when a Hollywood film crew invades a small rural Irish village and casts locals as extras. The audience is in for a wild ride while two actors play 15 roles in this fast-paced acting challenge. 

Student One-Act Play Showcase — Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12
A showcase of student-directed one-act plays including Anton Chekov’s “The Bear” directed by Bridget Atkinson-Moore ’20, Maria Irene Fornes’ “Springtime” directed by Carmen Chavez ’21 and Barbara Wiechmann’s “Feeding the Moonfish” directed by McKayla Sturtz ’20. All three plays ultimately show how love prevails in difficult situations. 

“Trevor” — April 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25, written by Nick Jones and directed by Dr. Dennis Barnett.

Based on a true story, this witty comedy portrays a 200-pound chimpanzee as an out-of-work actor waiting around for his next gig. Details about relationships and our ability to lie to ourselves are woven through this comedic and heartfelt play. 

Coe values its location and relationship with the Cedar Rapids community and looks forward to providing high-quality theatrical performances to the area. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Our success in offering superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities stems in large part from our location in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. As such, we welcome the community to participate in this event.

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