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  • Love Letters will run WITHOUT intermission

  • Grab drink or two, a few desserts and check your coat at the door.

  • Share, Like, Review... basically, do ALL the things to promote OPEN DOOR REP before and after the show!


  • Turn off all cell phones & electronic devices, please.

  • No photo or video during the show

  • Learn about the CAST & CREW, the Writer and our FAVORITE people below

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KATHY was the Director of Education and Youth Programming at the Des Moines Community Playhouse until her retirement in 2015. She also served as Artistic Director of the Kate Goldman Children's Theatre. Kathy has adjudicated at the state and regional, national and international levels for the American Association of Community Theatre. In 2017 Kathy was named a Fellow by her peers in AACT. Since moving to Florida, Kathy has been nominated for Best Director by critic, Jay Handelman, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for her work on Spamalot (’15) at Manatee Players, Metamorphoses (’16) at Venice Theatre and Bridges of Madison County (’17) at Manatee Players.

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RON resides in North Port, Florida and is a freelance director and teacher. He also serves as Festivals Coordinator for the American Association of Community Theatre. Ron served on staff at the Des Moines Playhouse as Associate Director where he was the first Artistic/Managing Director for the Kate Goldman Children's Theatre.  While in Des Moines, he founded and managed the Iowa Fringe Festival. He is a past President of the American Association of Community Theatre, was named an AACT Fellow, and has adjudicated state and regional theatre festivals across the US and abroad.



Let's be honest.  KATHY PINGEL and RON ZIEGLER are BRILLIANT directors! We trust their judgment, their opinion, their vision 100% and thought we would just step out of the way and let the magic happen naturally, as the universe intended.  Just a few examples of their masterful work below:

Ron and Kathy were awarded the 2015-16 Cloris Leachman Award for Outstanding Direction for their co-direction of Des Moines Young Artists Theatre's production of The Hobbit, and recently co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher for Ansbach Terrace Playhouse in Germany. 



MARK TOEBBEN has composed music for numerous productions, including Romeo & Juliet, The Hobbit, The Miracle Worker, Boeing Boeing, The Hundred Dresses, Anne of Green Gables and Twelve Angry Men. He has numerous acting credits and has received a Dionysus Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical and the Gypsy Award at The Des Moines Playhouse. He also received the 2016 Des Moines Cloris Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on The Hobbit with DMYAT. Mark is retired and serves on the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Playhouse.


A.R. GURNEY was born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 1952, served as an officer in the Navy, and afterwards attended the Yale School of Drama. For many years, he taught literature at M.I.T., but moved to New York in 1982 to devote more time to writing for the theatre.  His works include Another Antigone; Central Park West; Strawberry Fields; Sylvia; and The Wayside Motor Inn.

He has won a number of awards during his career, and is now a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Gurney was married to his wife Molly for over sixty years, producing four children, eight grandchildren and residing in Roxbury, Connecticut and New York City. 




To Kim & Dan Haymes

For allowing us to use your STUNNING home as the backdrop for this story, and for your generosity as hosts for this very special event. The warmth and talent you two bring to the DSM theater community is unmatched and we are so grateful to call you friends. We thank you endlessly, and can't wait to collaborate again.

To YOU, who bought a ticket for tonight's show, donated a few bucks, enjoyed a drink and took a chance on a brand new, pop-up theatre company in Des Moines after seeing Facebook ads for weeks...thank YOU!!  

To Maxwell, Karen, Joe, Mary, Charlie, Megan, Marnie, Nick, Lyndsy; the members of the first Round Table...
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your support...of our Mission, of our Artistic Vision and of our Past, Present & Future Shows. OPEN DOOR REP would not be on the map without your kindness, generosity, feedback and swift kicks to the ass!
— Josh & April