Escaping the Labyrinth

Bud Schlieman, an average young American fueled by a passion for mythology, is surprised when he discovers that all the Greek gods and goddesses still exist and live undercover throughout the world. After falling madly in love with Dee, a waitress who is secretly the goddess Artemis, Bud spends the rest of his life searching for the one who got, well, ran away. Travel through time with the WORLD PREMIERE of this romantic comedy.

Escaping the Labyrinth is part of the AACT NewPlayFest. It is not part of the season ticket, however season ticket holders get to purchase tickets ahead of the public and at a discount.

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Sponsored by

Mary & Russ Marshall
Mark & Darlene Pullen

Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays & 2:00 PM Sundays
John Viars Theatre
Run Time:
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.


  • Julian

    Clifton Antoine

  • Bud

    Nick Cornelison

  • Paula

    Shelby Dale

  • Hester

    Dottie Flener

  • Old Bud

    Jim Meade

    Old Bud
  • Sarge

    Madison Ray

  • Dr. Valency

    Ken Reams

    Dr. Valency
  • Herman

    Tyler Robinson

  • Manos

    Don Rothweiler

  • Dee

    Jillian Traskos

  • Director / Artistic Director

    Katy Merriman

    Director / Artistic Director
  • Scenic Designer

    Nicholas Amundson

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Jessica Van Essen

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Chris Hanian

    Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer

    Mark Toebben

    Sound Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Allyson Braun

    Properties Designer
  • Assistant Director

    Toni K. Farris

    Assistant Director
  • Assistant Properties Designer

    Eileen Diaz

    Assistant Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Jenna Darsee

    Stage Manager
  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Sam Amadeo

    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Playwright

    Thomas S. Hischak


Show Credits

By Thomas S. Hischak

AACT NewPlayFest, American Association of Community Theatre