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IU Summer Theatre: Joe Schmoe Saves the World

Joe Schmoe Saves the World

Joe Schmoe Saves the World
(The Premiere Musical workshop production for 2017)

Book, Music and Lyrics by Brett Ryback
Directed by Christian Barillas
Musical Direction by Richard Baskin, Jr.

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August 16, 17, 18,and 19 @ 7:30 pm
Wells-Metz Theatre
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Warnings: Strobes, language, and graphic images of violence



A dance-rock musical that takes place during the Arab Spring in Iran and tells the parallel stories of an indie rock duo in America and two Iranian students in Tehran. Reacting against conformity, fear and the status quo, the two young women at the center of the story risk everything in an attempt to change the world through their art.


Aaron Ricciardi (Lyon)*

Mary Beth Black (Gloria)

Jimmy Hogan (Vocalist / Cover for Male Leads)

Brian Kress (Vocalist)

Danielle McKnight (Vocalist)

Meadow Nguy (Afarin)

Scott Van Wye (Joe)

Michelle Zink (Vocalist / Cover for Female Leads)

*Aaron Ricciardi appears by special arrangement with Actors' Equity Association

Production Team

Christian Barillas (Director)

Brett Ryback (Lyricist and Writer)

Richard Baskin, Jr. (Musical Director)

Reuben Lucas (Projection Designer)

Jennie Fischer (Projection Assistant)

MacKenzie Van Tassel (Lighting Designer)

Dominic Pagliaro (Assistant to the Director)

Dennis Rendleman (Asssistant to the Musical Director)

Trish Hausmann (Stage Manager)

Elizabeth Allen (Assistant Stage Manager)