by jenny schwartz, music by todd almond, lyrics by almond and schwartz. world premiere. premiered: playwrights horizons, nyc. march 2015. directed by ken rus schmoll. sets: dane laffrey. costumes: arnulfo maldonado. lights: tyler micoleau. sound: daniel kluger. photography: joan marcus.
"The verbiage in Jenny Schwartz’s Iowa flies out at you like a murmuration of starlings. Each brief, witty line seems to have a life of its own, but the dialogue rushes by at such a pace that you hardly have time to process it in discrete parts; what registers are the patterns, and the clarity that sometimes flashes through their hypnotic swirl...barbed comic sequences ensue; the characters includes a philandering pony, four multiculti Nancy Drews and a bickering brood of sister-wives in pastel prairie dresses." -- on IOWA, Time Out New York.
"The entire cast discharges their tasks with remarkable flexibility and grace...the costumes, by Arnulfo Maldonado, run the gamut from everyday wear to cheerleader uniforms, multiple accurate recreations of Nancy Drew's twinset, and pastel variations on the long, super-modest dresses worn by Mormon wives." -- on IOWA, Lighting and Sound America. "Schwarz and Almond’s script, in a grand sense, touches upon powerful themes including the roles of women in society, parenthood, technology, sexual orientation and racial profiling. The diverse cast each has his or her moment to shine...particularly set against the creative vision of costume designer Arnulfo Maldonado, who transforms the cast of eight into a schizophrenic ensemble of many.." -- on IOWA, The Broadway Blog.