Kristin Larson

Instant Theatre

Img 861A decade ago, the 7-11 Theatre Project began here in Des Moines. Originally produced by the Theatre... For a Change organiztion (TFAC), it is now in the hands of Goldfinch Theatre Company, still in it's original home of the Viking Theatre at Grand View University. The Gentle Guide talked with both Thatcher Williams of TFAC and Kristin Larson of Goldfinch about the history and future of the event.

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Moving Time

Clybourne ParkThis week Grand View University presents their production of Clybourne Park, an examination of how social attitudes change over time, and how different groups handle the issues of race and gentrification. Clybourne Park was written as a response and companion piece to another play, A Raisin in the Sun. And Grand View is fortunate to have a special point of view on both shows from Clybourne Park's director, Des Moines favorite Aaron Smith.

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It's All Here

No Coast lg mapOpening this week at the Viking Theatre at Grand View is the new, original comedy No Coast, written by local Mike Draper (who created RAYGUN in the East Village). Produced by the Goldfinch Theatre Company, directed by Kristin Larson of Grand View, and featuring the "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker, No Coast promises laughs and entertainment with a definite Midwestern bent.

And you don't need a coast when everything is right here....

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The Winter 10

Img 0360After a nice holiday break, theatre is back in force in the area. Here's some of the shows the Gentle Guide wants to make sure you take notice of for the rest of the winter months.  Ten shows between now and the beginning of spring (plus one FREE show you shouldn't miss!)

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