Theater events opening and ongoing this week


Jan. 20 @ Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, West Liberty

The story follows Willy, the young woolly mammoth, and his friend Bonny the Bunny as they overcome the dangers of sinkholes and saber tooth tigers with the help of their friends Cornelia and Crow. The production features tabletop marionettes, rod puppets and shadow puppets; live music and sound effects; ends with interactive demonstration using audience members as puppeteers. Monica Leo’s original script was written under the guidance of Canadian puppeteer/playwright Luman Coad. Original music will be performed by its composer, Ron Hillis. Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 20, New Strand Theatre, 111 E. Third St., West Liberty. Tickets: $5, (319) 627-2487 or email The show also will also be presented Jan. 19 for school groups; call (319) 627-2487 to ask about room for walk-ins.

Friday (1/12) to Jan. 27 @ Brucemore, Cedar Rapids

Join SPT Theatre founders — Doug Elliott, Gerard Estella, Janelle Lauer and Jane Pini — and special guest Joe Link for a lively evening of stories, conversation and music centered on the theme “Growing Up.” Emulating the Parisian salons at the turn of the 20th century, A Modern Salon is held in the mansion’s Great Hall, where Brucemore’s second family, the Douglases, frequently entertained guests.Doors open at 7 p.m. for preshow wine tasting by the First Avenue Wine House and appetizers, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Desserts and champagne served during intermission. Self-parking is available near the mansion; valet parking will not be offered.Times: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Brucemore Great Hall, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $45 adults in advance, $50 day of show (if available), $40 Brucemore Members,

Jan. 19 to 28 @ Iowa City Community Theatre

Arthur Przybyszewski, second generation Chicago Polish, owns a rundown donut shop that has been in his family for 60 years. Franco Wicks, a young black man and Arthur’s only employee, wants to modernize the shop. S et in the skin of a drama with high comedic moments, the play explores the human experience of embracing the past, exposing our weakest moments and finding redemption in the least expected relationships It’s a Tony-nominated play by Tracy Letts, author of “August: Osage County,” as well as the basis for a current television show. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Exhibit Hall A, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd., Iowa City. Tickets: $11 to $19, door or


To Jan. 14 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

This is a batch of feel-good love stories set in a fictional town in Maine. The stories that unfold on the coldest, clearest night in winter, while the Northern Lights provide the backdrop. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $26, $15 flex seating upon arrival, (319) 213-7956 or


Jan. 16 and 17 @ Cornell College, Mount Vernon

The Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance is opening auditions for “August: Osage County” to Corridor residents ages 18 and older. The volunteer, non-Equity production will be held May 3 to 6 at Kimmel Theatre on the Cornell campus. Synopsis: A vanished father, a pill-popping mother, three sisters harboring secrets. When the Weston family reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma homestead explodes with repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Audition times: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 for Cornell students only, 6:30 to 10 p.m. open to public; 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 open to public; callbacks 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 19. Rehearsals begin around March 12. Prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues published after 1980, totaling no more than 3 minutes; theater-focused resume and headshot helpful but not required; arrive early to sign up for an audition time. Guest director: Jay Edelnant from the University of Northern Iowa. Information: email or