CEDAR RAPIDS — SPT Theatre in Cedar Rapids is presenting “Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts,” a new play by Iowa City poet and playwright Jen Rouse. This stirring cycle of short one-act plays runs Aug. 11 and 12 at CSPS Hall. Audiences are invited to an opening night talkback with the cast, director and playwright immediately following the production.

“This play began as a poem, so of course, our playwright has given us an incredibly vivid and deeply moving series of stories,” director Janeve West said. “The Corridor hasn’t seen anything like this. This is fresh storytelling, with beautiful dialogue and an incredible cast.”  

“Conjure” contains three one-acts and an epilogue. Each explores the timelessness of relationships between women; revealing ancient bonds, terrifying bravery and fierce loyalty. The characters range from the fantastic to the historically significant, and famed artist Frida Kahlo pays a visit.

“This play is about the strength, beauty, anguish and wisdom shared in the intimate relationships between women at all stages of life,” said Rouse, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and the consulting librarian for the Arts and Humanities at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

“Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts” began as a part of the Theatre Cedar Rapids Underground New Play Festival and found a home in its complete form with SPT’s New Play Incubator Series.

SPT produced a staged reading of this play in August 2016 and is supporting this workshop production of the entire script.

Rouse is a poet whose chapbook, “Acid and Tender,” inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo, was published in December 2016 by Headmistress Press. Director West is an associate professor of Theatre and Dance at Cornell.

This production is intended for mature audiences. Seating is limited, and audiences should enter off the courtyard on the south side of the CSPS building.


WHAT: “Conjure: A Cycle in Three Parts”
WHERE: CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids
WHEN: 8 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12
TICKETS: $10 advance, $15 door, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org