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IU Theatre 2017-18: Urinetown



Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Greg Kotis & Mark Hollmann
Book by Greg Kotis
Directed & Choreographed by Kenneth L. Roberson
Music Direction by Terry LaBolt
Partner Level Associate Producers:
Ruth Albright
and Cyndi & Dale Nelson

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Sept. 22, 23, 26 - 29, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Wells-Metz Theatre

Synopsis & Special Events

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is a wickedly irreverently satire set in a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. "IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO PEE", announces Penelope Pennywise as she collects money at the public toilet which is run by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. But a young hero emerges and plans a revolution which will ensure that everyone can PEE FOR FREE!

James M. Walker Themester

Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre
The Department of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance,
Theatre Circle and Themester present:

How would an economist react to Urinetown?
with IU Economics Professor, Dr. James M. Waker

Join Dr. James Walker for a casual conversation on the economic conditions of Urinetown. A drought has left water scarce and people must now pay a private company to pee, but the fees keep rising! Topics will include the tragedy of the commons, political and corporate greed and power, and the danger of unintended consequences.

Dr. James Walker received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1978 from Texas A&M University, and began his career at IU in 1984. He currently holds the position of Professor and Research Fellow for the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. His research focuses on experimental methods in the investigation of individual and group behavior related to the provision of public goods and appropriation from common-pool resources.

Tuesday, September 26, after the performance of Urinetown, please join us for a talk back with director Kenneth L. Roberson, members of the creative team and the cast to learn more about how this production came together.


Jimmy Hogan (Bobby Strong)

Janie Johnson (Hope Cladwell)

Michelle Zink (Penelope Pennywise)

Dominic Pagliaro (Caldwell B. Cladwell)

Rebecca Dwoskin (Little Sally)

Connor Bernard (Officer Lockstock)

Adam Hass - Hill (Officer Barrel)

Jake McCutcheon (Senator Fipp)

Sam Sanderson (Mr. McQueen)

Caleb Novell (Joseph "Old Man" Strong / Hot Blades Harry)

Mary Beth Black (Josephine "Ma" Strong)

Audie Deinlein (Little Becky Two-Shoes / Mrs. Millennium)

Casey Lamont (Soupy Sue / Cladwell's Secretary)*

Broderick Balsley (Tiny Tom / Dr. Billeaux)

Max P. Fowler (Robby the Stockfish / Business Man #1)

Henry Miller (Billy Boy Bill / Business Man #2)

* Denotes Dance Captain for this production

Production Team

Kenneth L. Roberson (Director / Choreographer)

Terry LaBolt (Musical Director)

Matthew Weidenbener (Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer)

Tony Stoeri (Lighting Designer)

Linda Pisano (Costume Designer)

Ryan Miller (Scenic Designer)

Andrew Hopson (Sound Designer)

CJ Sneath** (Technical Director)

Anne Sorenson (Draper)

Jeremy Smith (Props Master)

Alana Yurczyk (Scenic Charge Artist)

Darrian Brimberry (Master Electrician)

Elizabeth Anne Davis (Assistant Costume Designer)

Qi'er Luo (Assistant Lighting Designer)

MacKenzie Van Tassel (Assistant Lighting Designer)

Huihui Huang (Production Dramaturg)

K. Ashlynn Abbott (Stage Manager)

Miranda Ramos (Assistant Stage Manager)

Taran Snodgress (Assistant Stage Manager)

Abbey Gulde (Assistant Stage Manager)

** Denotes 3rd Year M.F.A. Thesis Project