Fifth of July 2008 – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Lanford Wilson

What is the nature of family?

Ken Talley is a Vietnam vet who is a paraplegic. His lover Jed is a botanist. On Independence Day 1977 family and friends come to Ken’s rural Missouri home. On July fifth the celebrations are over and this group of former student activists begins to cope with lost hopes and dreams. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play 1981.

October 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and October 5 and 12 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

The Cast

Ken Talley, Jr. – Don Watts
Jed Jenkins – Jeff Mason
June Talley – Margaux Mireault
John Landis – Chris King
Gwen Landis – Meghan Sigwarth
Shirley Talley – Katelyn Thompson
Weston Hurley – Mat Wymore
Sally Friedman – Kelly Teitsworth

Creative Team

Director – Brad Dell
Scenic Designer – Eleanor Kahn
Costume Designer – Gregory Duckett
Lighting Designer – Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager – Katharina Beckerleg
Assistant Stage Manager – Brad Pingel
Makeup and Hair Designer – Alexis Kline
Makeup and Hair Assistant – Lindsay Allen
Costume Design Assistant – A.J. Delfs
Master Electrician – Nick Veenstra
Light Board Operator – Danielle Knutson
Sound Board Operator – Caleb Woodley
Wardrobe – Janae Hohbein
Scenic Painters – Brooke Berg, Hiromi Okumura, Nick Veenstra
Props Master – Carrie Taylor
Photography – Patrick Gouran
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Poster Design – Eleanor Kahn
Publicity Assistant – Devin Miller
Technical Director – Emily Brainerd
Scene Shop Assistants – Justin Albright, Justin Bein, Jon Eimer, Andrew Havens, Courtney Larson, Amanda Newman, Ben Starits, Carrie Taylor, Nick Veenstra, Mat Wymore
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Michelle Aderhold, Lindsey Faber, Emma Rose Miles, Colleen Pokorny, Joanna Suckling, Anna Sunstrom
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Box Office Supervisor – Lindsey Osborn
House Managers – Lindsay Allen, Casey Buenzow, Alexis Kline


Publicity photos and production photos by Patrick Gouran

Poster by Eleanor Kahn

Read about it in Inside Iowa State and the Iowa State Daily!