oct 13 - oct 29, 2017
The world premiere!
A New Play by Karen Schaeffer
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday

It’s been five years since Liz’s husband passed, but she’s okay. Life’s ingredients include a successful business (Grandma Effingoode’s), lunch with friends, a dash of wine and a dose of Jane Austen. Kat and Sami persuade Liz to come out from behind the baker counter at Grandma Effingoode’s for a blind date… or two… and what could a little manipulation of dating profiles and a small wager hurt? Enjoy Choices, a new play by Karen Schaeffer where the women are smart, the humor is sharp and delicious things happen in the dark.

The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Oct. 22, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.
The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, Oct. 22, will have ASL interpretation, provided by Deaf Services Unlimited. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.
Liz Mayfield
Lyndsy Darland
Kat Lewis
Heather Tragesser
Sami Turner
Maggie Jane Tatone
Pete Roberts
Gabe Thompson
Frank Gates
Peter Dean
Ian Shields

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: Oct. 29, 2017
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “Choices”
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director,, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the new comedy by Karen Schaeffer, “Choices” Oct.13-29, 2017. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St.

Liz (Lyndsy Darland) is a recent widow with a bad dating track record, so her spunky friends each set her up with a different guy. In the hilarious intrigue that follows, Liz finds out just how difficult making choices can be. The women are smart and the humor is sharp in the World Premiere of the latest comedy from Karen Schaeffer (author of “Girls’ Weekend,” a hit in the Playhouse’s 2014-15 Season).

Directed by John Viars, the Playhouse cast includes Peter Dean, Ian Shields, Maggie Jane Tatone, Gabe Thompson, and Heather Tragesser.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “Choices,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

“Choices” Performances: Oct. 13-29, 2017
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday
There is no performance Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
The performance at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, will have audio description provided by IRIS and ASL interpreters provided by Deaf Services Unlimited.

“Choices” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312