The Play That Goes Wrong

After benefitting from a large and sudden inheritance, the inept and accident-prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society embark on producing an ambitious 1920s murder mystery. They are delighted that neither casting issues nor technical hitches currently stand in their way. However, hilarious disaster ensues and the cast starts to crack under the pressure, but can they get the production back on track before the final curtain falls?

The Play That Goes Wrong is a farcical murder mystery, a play within a play, conceived by award-winning company Theatre Mischief.

Tickets on sale Monday, May 6, 2024, online; Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at noon by phone and in person at the ticket office.

If ticket prices are keeping you away from this show, please call the ticket office at 515.277.6261, Noon-5:00 PM, Tuesday-Friday. We have supporters who want to make sure everyone gets a chance to see this production.

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.


  • Annie

    Samantha Aaron

  • Robert / Thomas Colleymoore

    Sean Canuso

    Robert / Thomas Colleymoore
  • Chris / Inspector Carter

    Shane Donegan

    Chris / Inspector Carter
  • Dennis / Perkins

    Charlie Hubbard

    Dennis / Perkins
  • Max / Cecil Haversham / Arthur the Gardener

    Nathan Jorgensen

    Max / Cecil Haversham / Arthur the Gardener
  • Trevor

    Logan Klein

  • Sandra / Florence Colleymoore

    Jackie Schmillen

    Sandra / Florence Colleymoore
  • Jonathan / Charles Haversham

    Daniel Tuchscherer

    Jonathan / Charles Haversham
  • Director

    John W Viars

  • Fight & Stunt Choreographer

    Brandon Bockshus

    Fight & Stunt Choreographer
  • Scenic Designer

    Moriah Curley-Clay

    Scenic Designer
  • Scenic Designer

    Isabel Curley-Clay

    Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer

    Angela Lampe

    Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer

    Virgil Kleinhesselink

    Lighting Designer
  • Properties Designer

    Grace Ammann

    Properties Designer
  • Stage Manager

    Greg Millar

    Stage Manager
  • Assistant Director

    Toni K Farris

    Assistant Director
  • Assistant Stage Manager

    Jonathan Garton

    Assistant Stage Manager

Show Credits

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, & Henry Shields

Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service under license from Mischief Worldwide Ltd.,

Sponsored by

  • AARP Iowa