Live Theatre Drive-in
The Des Moines Playhouse is keeping theatre LIVE in Des Moines with a unique new initiative: Live Theatre Drive-in. The Playhouse is presenting three, two-person cast plays in its parking lot, with audiences remaining safely in their cars listening via a radio frequency. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, but reservations are required as space is limited.
Some performances are fully reserved and have a waiting list. If you are on the waiting list but haven’t gotten a call, there is a chance you can still see the show. Come to the theatre before 6:30 PM be added to the standby list. At 6:45 PM, we’ll start filling empty parking spots with standbys. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee to see the show, but we will do our best.
About the shows
By A.R. Gurney
7:00 PM, Fridays & Saturdays, June 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
ADDED SHOWS: 7:00 PM, Sunday, June 14; Wednesday, June 17; Thursday, June 18; Sunday, June 21; Wednesday, June 24; Thursday, June 25: & Sunday, June 28
Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards that span a 50-year friendship. As time progresses, Melissa and Andrew discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. A different couple performs each night: Dani Boal and Bobby Nalean, June 12, June 18, June 20 and June 24; Gina Gedler and Steve Berry, June 13, June 17, June 26 and June 28; and Kellie Kramer and Micheal Davenport, June 14, 19, June 25, and June 27.
By Richard Dresser
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 10-11
7:00 PM Thursdays-Saturdays, July 16-18, 23-25
ADDED SHOWS: 7:00 PM, Sunday, July 12; Wednesday, July 15; Sunday, July 19; Wednesday, July 22; Sunday, July 26
Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael 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.
By Jen Silverman
7:00 PM, Friday & Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1
7:00 PM, Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 6-8, 13-15
ADDED SHOWS: 7:00 PM, Sundays, Aug. 2, 9, & 16
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, 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.
Keeping the audience protected
- The Playhouse parking lot will accommodate 20 cars with six-plus feet between cars. Audiences can sit in their cars or, remaining physically distanced, sit in lawn chairs in their parking space.
- When you make a reservation, you are reserving one parking space for one car; we don’t care how many people are in the car.
- This is a pay-what-you-can event. We’ve made pay-what-you-can donations simple. You can donate by text or by using DipJar. Either one you choose helps keep theatre and performing arts in Central Iowa (a)live. We’ll give you details on both options when you arrive. We have generous donors who have agreed to match each dollar we receive for every summer performance up to $12,452. Now your donation can make twice the impact. If you want to increase the amount of the matching funds, please contact Chris Andersen, email@example.com or 515.974.5370.
- Guests are encouraged to use their facilities before coming. Restrooms will be available in emergencies with staff doing a thorough cleaning after each use.
- Candy and beverages will be available for sale from theatre staff.
- Performance Times:
- 7:00 PM, Wednesdays-Sundays
- Special Events
- 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 please contact executive director David Kilpatrick, 515-974-5353.