Orpheus Descending – Iowa State University Theatre

by Tennessee Williams

“All that time, all that lonely time, I felt I was waiting for something. For something to happen, to make things make more sense.”

In Greek myth, Orpheus could charm anyone with the power of his music.  Even in Hades, his music softened hearts and he was allowed to leave the Underworld with the woman he loved.  Tennessee Williams creates an Orpheus who is a wild-spirited young man who plays a guitar. He wanders into small southern town where he discovers he is not the only person who longs for escape and freedom. Warning: Contains offensive language.

October 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; October 3 at 1 p.m. and October 10 at 2 p.m.

Fisher Theater – Ames

Single tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $8. Tickets available through TicketMaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames, or at the door before the performance.

The Cast

Lady Torrence – Heather Kae Smith
Dolly Hamma – Margaux Mireault
Beaulah Binnings – Madison Welterlen
Carol Cutrere – Kelsey Kovacevich
Vee Talbott – Tamara White
Eva Temple – Connor O’Brien-Stoffa
Sister Temple – Samantha Rieff
Woman – Kelsie Hardison
Nurse Porter – Kathleen Hoil
Val Xavier – Scott Kettner
Uncle Pleasant – Sarvesh Anavkar
Pee Wee Binnings – Charlie Ziemann
Dog Hamma – Dan Fynaardt
David Cutrere – Matt Meldrem
Sheriff Talbott – Mark Klooster
Jabe Torrence – Clark Ford
Mr. Dubinsky/First Man – Taylor Clemens
Coltraine – Nick Neal

Production Team

Director – Brad Dell
Assistant Director – Katharina Beckerleg
Scenic Designer – Brooke Berg
Costume Designer – Katharina Beckerleg
Lighting Designer – Nick Veenstra
Stage Manager – Michael Reza Heath
Assistant Stage Manager – Michael Brandt
Props Master – Kelly Teitsworth
Light Board Operqator – Mat Wymore
Sound Board Operator – Evan Campbell
Stagehand – Alyson Boes
Musical Composer/Performer – Caleb Woodley
Wardrobe – Victoria Nelson, Mitchell Nieland
Photography – Casey L. Gradischnig
Poster Design – Mary Bendgen
Program Design – Liese VanderBroek
Technical Director – Derek Hisek
Scene Shop Assistants – Brooke Berg, Katharina Beckerleg, Zachary Eskrich, Dan Fynaardt, Darren Hushak, Matt Meldrem, Liz Rankin, Michael Steffen, Josh Ster, Kelly Teitsworth, Nick Veenstra, Mat Wymore
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Costume Shop Assistants – Madeleine Kobus, Amy Lempia, Emma Rose Miles, Samantha Silver, Lindsey VanWyk, Anna Ward
Secretary – Liese VanderBroek
Publicity Assistant – Corinne Oertel
House Managers – Lindsay Allen, Casey Buenzow, Brittny Rebhuhn, Jeff White
Box Office Supervisors – Amber Fitzsimmons, Margaux Milreault


Production photos and publicity photos by Casey Gradischnig

Poster by Mary Bendgen

Read about it in Heartland Connection, Ames 24/7, Ames News Online, and Inside Iowa State!