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2016/2017 season

A young couple considers parenthood. They want to have a child for the right reasons.

But, in a time of global anxiety, erratic weather and political unrest,

what exactly are the right reasons?


FRIDAY, April 28th                 8:00pm

SATURDAY, April 29th       3:00pm/8:00pm

SUNDAY, April 30th                3:00pm

Doors open 30 minutes before Show/




4201 NW Morningstar Drive, Des Moines

A woundingly intense two-hander...
It is the most beautiful, quietly shattering play of the year.
— The Express




MARNIE STRATE has previously appeared on Des Moines stages at StageWest: The Shape of Things (Evelyn); The Norwegians (Olive), ; Mooncoin Entertainment: The Lieutenant  (Mairead); Des Moines Social Club:44 Plays for 44 Presidents (various), Fat Pig (Jeannie), America Absurdum (Kea, Mashie), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Roberta)A Gaggle of Saints (Sue), and RUR (Helen).   Directing: Des Moines Social Club, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Iphegenia in Orem (part of Neil LaBute's Bash).  Marnie holds a BFA in Acting from Drake University.  Outside of theater, she writes and hosts trivia events, works as a video producer and hangs out with dogs.




JOSH VISNAPUU has been seen on stages around Des Moines, with credits including Lend Me a Tenor (Des Moines Playhouse), In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (StageWest), Three Changes (Tallsgrass Theatre), among many others. He has directed several productions, and produced / directed / performed in an independent production of Eric Bogosian's Sex Drugs Rock & Roll. He is also very thankful to have represented the Des Moines theatre community at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival with a production of Area 51 by up and coming playwright (and friend) Aaron Randolph. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Josh works in finance and spends his free time with his incredible wife and three awesome pups.




MEGAN HELMERS directed and choreographed Tick, Tick...BOOM! and Murder Ballad at Noce. Her work has been seen across Central Iowa theatres including Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre, Repertory Theatre of Iowa, StageWest, the Des Moines Playhouse, and Tallgrass Theatre. Megan is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony, an instructor at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance and a DMYAT board member. Her Des Moines Performance credits include Cabaret (Texas-Sax Player, Des Moines Onstage), Eating Raoul (Mary Bland, Tallgrass), Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham, Playhouse), Curtains (Nikki Harris, Playhouse) and more.  

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LYNDSY DARLAND realized at a young age that she would forever participate in the arts; starting with grade school assemblies and plays, into adulthood.  She studied at Columbia College Chicago & Second City, and after her time there she pursued film and theatre in the Midwest.  Having participated in 18 theatre productions and 20 different film projects she is very eager to join, at the ground level, with other dedicated talents to create unique art here in the heartland.  Lyndsy is not only an actor but a writer and singer.  Her husband plays guitar and they hope to do some blues/jazz shows in the Des Moines area in the near future.  Her persona is that of positivity with an honest edge, and to quote her, "It's easy to get excited about opportunities within the arts, everyone likes to shine.  But it's even easier to get excited about this new theatre company because it is driven by those who know how hard the work actually is and will universally support one another." 

I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower, I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower.
— W



DUNCAN MACMILLAN is a former Writer-In-Residence at Paines Plough and Manchester Royal Exchange. Plays include the acclaimed adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong / Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Almeida Theatre and West End); EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Paines Plough, Pentabus); 2071 co-written with Chris Rapley (Royal Court / Hamburg Schauspielhaus); REISE DURCH DIE NACHT adapt. Friederike Mayrocker created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Koln, Theatertreffen, Festival d'Avignon); WUNSCHLOSES UNGLUCK adapt. Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (Salzburg Festival / Schaubuhne Berlin); LUNGS (Studio Theatre Washington DC / Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres); ATMEN (Schaubuhne Berlin); DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM THE WAR adapt. Odon von Horvath (Finborough Theatre); MONSTER (Royal Exchange / Manchester International Festival).

Duncan was the recipient of two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, 2006. Other awards include Best New Play at the Off West End Awards 2013 for LUNGS; the Big Ambition Award, Old Vic 2009; the Pearson Prize, 2008. His work with director Katie Mitchell has been selected for Theatertreffen and the Avignon Festival.

Duncan won Best Director (with Robert Icke) at the UK Theatre Awards for 1984, which was also nominated as Best New Play at the Olivier Awards 2014.