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October 9, 2013
IWCC Theatre presents "Shakespeare: The Game Show"
Council Bluffs, Iowa - Iowa Western Community College’s Theatre department is thrilled to announce the mid-west and world premiere of “Shakespeare: The Game Show, An Interactive Shakes-perience,” a new play by Moira Mangiameli.

Mangiameli, who currently serves as chair of the Iowa Western Theatre Department, has been an actor and director in the Omaha area for over 25 years. Mangiameli started playwriting as a kid in grade school, writing plays for herself and friends. “Of course, I always played the lead and directed— the perks of being the playwright!” said Mangiameli. “I also adapted about 15 scripts for Shakespeare on the Green’s Greenshow called ‘Two Minute Shakespeare.’ We use some of them in this show. But this is my first full-length play and it’s quite a thrill to watch it come to life in the hands of these talented performers!

Shakespeare is a mainstay at almost all theatre departments, yet the challenge is how to pick just one version. After appearing this past summer in the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Mangiameli devised a new spin on Shakespeare blending monologues and scenes from his most famous plays with modern day game show themes resulting in “Shakespeare: The Game Show, an interactive Shakes-perience.” In addition to writing the piece, Mangiameli is co-directing the play with Iowa Western faculty member, Sonia Keffer. Keffer last directed the TAG award nominee for best comedy, “Leaving Iowa” at the Bellevue Little Theatre in May of 2013.

In “Shakespeare the Game Show,” the audience will throw out everything they’ve ever heard about Shakespeare being boring, outdated, or hard to understand, and will be entertained by the world premiere of this zany, energetic, and yes, even educational theatre happening. The play takes viewers from Romeo and Juliet to Richard III and The Dating Game to Fear Factor. Audiences will gain a new understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s language and characters while they serve as judges, actors, and contestants in this high energy, interactive play fest. The acting company along with audience members will travel from game to game exploring characters, themes, and text from many of the Bard’s finest works.

The play will be held in the Arts Center on the college’s Council Bluffs campus with performances on November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 matinee at 2:00 p.m.

November 14 is also High School Night which includes a tour, workshops, tickets to see Shakespeare: The Game Show, and a talk-back session with the directors and cast. For information on the workshop please contact the Theatre program Chair, Moira Mangiameli at 712-325-3409.

As a side note, the Iowa Western Theatre Department will hold a student-written and produced Devised Theatre show this fall. The show’s theme is self-bullying, the impact that negative self-talk can have on young people today and how to overcome these effects. The performance dates are December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center’s Black Box theater.

To reserve tickets or for more information on the play, high school night, or the devised theatre piece, please call DeEtta Robison at the Arts Center box office, (712) 388-7140.

Shakespeare The Game Show Cast Members:

Allison Faye Davis, Beebeetown, Iowa

Dailen Cowden, Carroll, Iowa

Jesse St. Clair, Carlisle, Iowa

Kimberly Ralls, Creston, Iowa

Kelsi Weston, Grimes, Iowa

Taylor George, Glidden, Iowa

Trey Nielsen, Harlan, Iowa

Tyler Pendland, Modale, Iowa

Emily J. Conant, Missouri Valley, Iowa

Bekki Kneip, Rock Rapids, Iowa

Matt Miller, Bellevue, Nebraska

Zachary Mahloch, Omaha, Nebraska

Nichole A. Seizts, Seward, Nebraska

Daniel A. Luethke, Denver, Colorado

Sharice White, Vallejo, California