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Iowa Summer Rep coming to Wieting

June 20, 2014
Dysart Reporter

The Wieting Theatre is pleased to present the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Art's Iowa Summer Rep touring production of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. This new musical, written and created by Dorothy Marcic, tells the journey of women using Top-40 music from songs like "Someone to Watch Over Me" to "I Will Survive."

Marcic combines excerpts of more than 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more. From the codependence of "I Will Follow Him," to the anger of "These Boots are Made for Walking," to the cynicism of "What's Love Got to Do with it," and finally to the strength of "Hero," this show is more than just a story worth telling, it's a must-see and must-hear production!

For more than the first half of the last century, the voice of women in Top-40 popular music has been one of neediness and dependency. I'll do anything for you; just be my baby, even if you're no good and treat me bad; just LOVE me and I'll stand by my man. By the end of the century, things were quite different. Popular music had come far enough so that women looked for the hero within themselves, were urged to get on their feet and make it happen, and ready to stand on her own with or without a man. Marcic created this musical based on her book, Respect: Women and Popular Music, where she analyzed all Top-40 female song lyrics since 1900. Learn more at

"This show is crammed full of great Top-40 pop hits, sung by our fabulous cast," says Director Eric Forsythe, Head of the MFA Directing program at the University of Iowa. "It's toe-tapping, hum-along, and maybe sing-along fun for everyone. I mean: 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' 'Tammy,' 'I am Woman,' 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' 'I Will Survive,' and 'RESPECT!' Great!"

About Iowa Summer Rep

The University of Iowa's professional repertory theatre company, Iowa Summer Rep, represents a rich tradition of nearly a century of summer theatre at the University of Iowa. Beginning with Edward C. Mabie's arrival on campus in 1920, summer play production became a regular feature. While many things have changed in the rich history of summer play production, Iowa Summer Rep is proud to continue this tradition with a touring production during the summer of 2014, while the Theatre Building is under construction to repair damage caused by the flood of 2008.

"Over the 90+ years of Iowa Summer Rep's journey, we've focused on bringing quality summer theatre-by turns entertaining, provocative, gripping, and delightful-to Iowa audiences," says Forsythe. "This year, we're taking the show on the road to Iowa communities throughout the state. If you've not been able to come to Iowa City to see our work for yourself, here's your chance! RESPECT is the perfect show for a date or family fun: there's something here for everyone."

For a complete list of Iowa Summer Rep 2014 touring locations, please visit



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