The Hawkeye Community Theater will round out its trio of summer shows with “The Movie Game”, written by Adam Hummel.
It will be presented at 7 p.m. from August 14 to 17, with an additional morning at 2 p.m. on August 17.
Tickets are $ 10 for all ages. See www.hawkeyetheater.com or visit the Hawkeye Community Theater Facebook page for more details.
Director Jarrod Roth describes the show as a “Quarter-life crisis” for Jack Goldberg (Grant Hendrix), who is trying to figure out who he is and what he wants. While most young people discover their lives in their twenties and maybe thirties, Jack finds his way to adulthood a little later than most.
Jack is an unemployed movie buff who has found himself disappointed in his weekly ritual of meeting his lifelong best friend, Samantha (Katie Finnegan), at a run-down old movie theater for Chinese takeout. Determined to make a radical change, Jack visits Dr. Seuz (Calvin Clark), who convinces him that he needs to undergo a radical form of therapy. Jack is set to star in his own romantic comedy.
The romantic comedy has an over the top director, a supporting cast of Jack’s parents, and a sweetheart who is played by Jack’s sister. Jack isn’t convinced his therapist is actually sane and ends up taking matters into his own hands after falling in love with Maggie (Isabel Beekman) who is, unfortunately, already engaged. Best Friend Forever Samantha sees the end of the movie differently from Jack as she imagines herself in Jack’s arms instead of Maggie.
“It’s a journey to discover who you are and what really matters” said Roth “What is really important is to grow up.”
Honoring films like “The Philadelphia Story”, “Annie Hall” and “When Harry Met Sally”, this show offers audiences a romantic comedy that takes their hat off to pop culture with a combination of humor and heart, laughter. and love.
Roth first fell in love with this show when he was in high school. He was in eighth grade and unable to be on stage for the show when it was produced by his local high school.
“I thought it was hilarious,” he said. “It’s such a funny story.”
Knowing the story, he thought it would be fun to take it back.
“I want people to have fun with this,” he said. “I want to see how many different movie references they can point out on the show. I want people to see how important the movies are.
Roth went on to say how important he thinks movies are and that he thinks they are very underrated and seen as a “The hobby of the lazy”.
Daulton Rokes plays the character of Paul and is also the assistant director of the series.
“Jack’s head in the clouds” said Rokes, “and this is someone who is a little out of touch with reality.”
Finnegan describes Samantha as the more balanced character who can tend to get frustrated with other characters because of it.
“She comes to realize that she herself has to grow up, change and do what she wants, even if it means that she has to sacrifice herself”, Finnegan said.
She auditioned for this show because she previously worked with Roth in his role as a speech coach for St. Edmond High School.
“He made a huge difference in my career in high school”, she said. “I really wanted to go out and work with him one last time before he moved to Storm Lake.”
“Maggie is the stereotypical girl in a romantic comedy”, Beekman said of his character. “Jack thinks she’s smart and really pretty and funny. As the story progresses, we see that she really isn’t. She’s very indecisive and has a lot of relationship issues. She doesn’t. does not want to go out of his comfort zone, which everyone can relate to.
“I feel like I understood my life quite well” Roth said, “At least more than Jack. No one is ever an adult. I want to share this post. That everyone has some kind of growth to do. I’m still here too.
The Hawkeye Community Theater will be hosting a picnic for members between the morning show and the 7 p.m. show on August 17. It will start around 4:30 p.m. and run until around 6:30 p.m. Members eat for free. Others are welcome for $ 5.
The theater now has a beer and wine license. During the intermission there will be water, sodas, beer and wine for sale as well as desserts