John Viars

  • The Icing on the Sledgehammer

    1aad550a d51c 4357 8c94 40437e3f61d8The suspense-thriller Misery (based on the book by Stephen King and subsequent Oscar-winning movie) is the latest offering by the Des Moines Playhouse. Opening January 26, this stage adaptation features some of the best and most experienced talent in the city, bringing to life a tale of obsession and desperation. Micheal Davenport, Preshia Paulding, and director John Viars combine to create an intense journey into a world of tension and terror.

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  • Creating Choices

    A2679eab 2e85 46c0 968f 9bd939ced4cdKaren Schaeffer is well known in the area as an actress, with starring roles in Calendar Girls at Tallgrass and Steel Magnolias at the Playhouse just within the last year. But quality roles for certain actresses aren't always available, so Schaeffer made a choice to create the kind of parts she’d want to see. The latest result of her playwriting efforts has its world premiere next week at the DM Playhouse, with the appropriately titled comedy, Choices.

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  • Five, Six, Seven, Eight!

    Img 0825The Des Moines Playhouse presents the iconic theatre musical A Chorus Line beginning September 8. Groundbreaking when it first premiered, it tells the stories of the aspiring performers hoping to become part of a Broadway show. People who aren't involved in the theatre world have no idea how truly hard it is to become part of such an endeavor. And the road to the local production has its own challenges.

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  • Knowing the Territory

    Img 708The Music Man is an American musical theatre staple, set in small-town "River City, Iowa" with memorable songs and iconic characters. Movie and television versions of the Tony-winning Broadway classic have made it part of our cultural heritage since it premiered  on Broadway 60 years ago. And now, the DM Playhouse brings it to their mainstage once more, starting July 14.

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