Live Theatre Drive-In Streaming

Rounding Third & The Roommate Streaming Sept. 11-13, 2020

The Playhouse safely presented four shows in its Live Theatre Drive-In this summer. Staged in the theatre’s parking lot with audiences watching from their cars or lawn chairs and listening via FM radio, the shows were a hit with audiences. As successful as the summer was, we could only accommodate 27 cars a night. If you weren’t able to reserve a spot this summer, we have great news!

Starting Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 – what was scheduled to be opening night of The Playhouse’s 102nd season – we will stream two of the drive-in shows, Rounding Third and The Roommate via Broadway On Demand. Streams are available anytime between 7:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, through Midnight, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. You can watch it one time per registration.

The streams, like the live shows, are free. Like the live shows, this is donate-what-you-can. Your donation is appreciated.

Watch for the first time, or revisit a favorite!

 

Rounding Third by Richard Dresser opened July 10 and was directed by David R. Kilpatrick. Don (Chris Ennis) is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael (Nathan Jorgensen) is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The summer season ended with Jen Silverman’s play The Roommate, opening July 31 and directed by Katy Merriman. Sharon (Laura Sparks), in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn (Jodi Jinks), also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

Performance Times:
Stream any time from 7:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, through Midnight, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. One viewing per registration.
Theatre:
Livestream & On-Demand
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.

Company

  • Chris Ennis

    Don, Rounding Third

    Chris Ennis
  • Jodi Jinks

    Robyn, The Roommate

    Jodi Jinks
  • Nathan Jorgensen

    Michael, Rounding Third

    Nathan Jorgensen
  • Laura Sparks

    Sharon, The Roommate

    Laura Sparks
  • Katy Merriman

    Director, The Roommate

    Katy Merriman
  • David R. Kilpatrick

    Director, Rounding Third

    David R. Kilpatrick
  • Jada Lynne Smith

    Assistant Director, The Roommate

    Jada Lynne Smith
  • Alex Snodgrass

    Scenic Designer

    Alex Snodgrass
  • Angela Lampe

    Costume Designer, The Roommate; Properties Designer

    Angela Lampe
  • Jessica Van Essen

    Costume Designer, Rounding Third

    Jessica Van Essen
  • Steve Taft

    Soundscape Designer, Rounding Third

    Steve Taft
  • Paige Berry

    Stage Manager

    Paige Berry
  • Nate Lawrence-Richards

    Technical Director

    Nate Lawrence-Richards
  • Jarod Holcomb

    Technical Assistant

    Jarod Holcomb
  • Tim Harris

    Sound Engineer

    Tim Harris
  • Virgil Kleinhesselink

    Master Electrician

    Virgil Kleinhesselink

Photos/Video

  • The Roommate with Laura Sparks and Jodi Jinks. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Roommate with Jodi Jinks and Laura Sparks. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • The Roommate with Laura Sparks and Jodi Jinks. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • Rounding Third with Nathan Jorgensen and Chris Ennis. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • Rounding Third with Chris Ennis. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

  • Rounding Third with Nathan Jorgensen. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Press Release

Des Moines Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Sept. 13, 2020
Subject: Des Moines Playhouse Streaming Two Shows, Rounding Third and The Roommate
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Marketing & Public Relations Director, 515.974.5358

The Des Moines Playhouse safely presented four shows in its Live Theatre Drive-In this summer. Staged in the theatre’s parking lot with audiences watching from their cars or lawn chairs and listening via FM radio, the shows were a hit with audiences. Starting Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 – what was scheduled to be opening night of The Playhouse’s 102nd season – The Playhouse will stream two of the drive-in shows, Rounding Third and The Roommate online via Broadway On Demand. Stream available for one-time viewing 7:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, through Midnight, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The streams, like the live shows, are free. Donations are accepted. Links to the two shows are available on The Playhouse website and social media pages.

Rounding Third by Richard Dresser opened July 10 and was directed by David R. Kilpatrick. Don (Chris Ennis) is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael (Nathan Jorgensen) is his assistant coach and a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. Don’s kid is the team’s star pitcher. Michael’s kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. These conflicting personalities instantly clash.

The summer season ended with Jen Silverman’s play The Roommate, opening July 31 and directed by Katy Merriman. Sharon (Laura Sparks), in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn (Jodi Jinks), also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. The Roommate is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

The Playhouse, now in its 102nd season, 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, Rounding Third, and The Roommate, contact The Playhouse ticket office at 515.277.6261

Rounding Third and The Roommate Streaming Performances: Sept. 11-13, 2020
Streaming starts at 7:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, and is unlimited until midnight, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020
Shows are free. Donations are accepted on The Playhouse website at dmplayhouse.com/give or by texting drivein to 243725

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Show Credits

Rounding Third by Richard Dresser

The Roommate by Jen Silverman

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