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Posted May 15, 2012
Iowa Theatre Artists Company opens 2012 season with area premiere of ‘Mrs. Mannerly’

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Sean Christopher Lewis of Iowa City (left) and Meg Merckens of South Amana star in the new comedy, "Mrs. Mannerly," onstage May 18 to June 10, 2012, at the Iowa Theatre Artists Company in Amana. (ITAC photo)

AMANA, Iowa — The Iowa Theatre Artists Company kicks off its fifth season in Amana with an area premiere of the new comedy, “Mrs. Mannerly,” by Jeffrey Hatcher. The play, written in 2010, opened at the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis and has  gone on to play various cities across the United States.

Hatcher based his fictitious story on a real-life experience of attending etiquette classes in Steubenville, Ohio in 1967.  ”Mrs. Mannerly” opens in Amana on May 18 and runs through June 10, 2012.

This two-actor comedy features one actor playing the title character and the other actor playing all five of the students in the class.  Sean Christopher Lewis of Iowa City makes his ITAC debut in the role of Jeffrey.  Meg Merckens of South Amana will be playing opposite Lewis as Mrs. Mannerly. It’s a first-time pairing of these two artistic directors from the Working Group Theatre of Iowa City and ITAC in Amana.  Thomas P. Johnson of South Amana directs.

Mrs. Mannerly is a demanding teacher who has been teaching etiquette classes for 36 years, and no student has ever achieved a perfect score in her class.  Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. The unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and the real selves that lie inside.

“Choosing shows for a season can be a very challenging undertaking,” Merckens says.  “We chose ‘Mrs. Mannerly’ because there are so many fun elements within the script.  It’s witty and nostalgic as well as being edgy and irreverent but  mostly it’s just very, very funny.”

Merckens warns:  “Though based on a childhood memory, there is some language that may be found offensive by certain members of our audience, so we are recommending this comedy for mature audiences.”

 Tickets can be reserved by calling (319) 622-3222. After listening to their audience’s recommendations and suggestions, the Iowa Theatre Artists Company has made a change in its regular performance schedule by moving the usual Friday matinee at 1:30 p.m. to a Saturday matinee at the same time. 

Ticket prices vary from show to show and for the various musical concerts throughout the year.  For “Mrs. Mannerly” the ticket price is $22.50 for adults and $10 for students (student prices apply all the way up to college and graduate school).  Group discounts are available as well as a FlexCard Savings Program.

 Details of their entire season can be found at www.iowatheatreartists.org 

ITAC is a fully professional theater company in Amana and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional organization of actors and stage managers in the United States.



 What: “Mrs. Mannerly” by Jeffrey Hatcher

 Where: Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220th Tl., Amana 

 When: May 18 to June 10, 2012; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays

 Tickets: $22.50 adults, $10 students; Opening Night/Matinee Special: $20 adult; $10 student; reservations strongly recommended at (319) 622-3222 

Information: www.iowatheatreartists.org or email itac@southslope.net

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