Two Rooms – Iowa State University Theatre Production

ISU Theatre’s student directed production

Two Rooms Poster1

The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with a reporter and a State Department official. The former, an overly ambitious sort who hopes to develop the situation into a major personal accomplishment, tries to prod the wife into taking umbrage at what he labels government ineptitude and inaction, while the State Department representative is coolly efficient, and even dispassionate, in her attempt to treat the matter with professional detachment. It is her job to try to make the wife aware of the larger equation of which the taking of a hostage is only one element, but as the months inch by it becomes increasingly difficult to remain patient. The wife is finally goaded by unforeseen developments to speak out against government policy and, in so doing, triggers the tragic series of events that brings the play to its startling conclusion.

March 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m.; March 29 at 2 p.m.

2140 Pearson Hall – Ames

Adults $6, students $4. Tickets available at the door, cash or check only (no credit cards, please).

The Cast

Michael – Adam Kroksh
Lainie – Brooke Busse
Walker – Taylor Sklenar
Ellen – Mumbi Kasumba

Creative Team

Director – Kivan Kirk
Stage Manager – Alyssa Maldonado
Scenic Designer/Technical Director – Lauren Dursky
Lighting Designer/Master Electrician – Seth Rickard
Costume Designer – Meghan M. Berkland
Publicist/Poster Design – Bethany Berger
Props Master – Rebel Clodi
Hair/Makeup – Emily Tigges


Read about it in the Iowa State Daily!

Poster #1 and Poster #2 by Bethany Berger