The University of Iowa

L.A. Theatre Works

The nation’s leading producer of audio theater will present a radio theater-style performance of Robert Harling’s classic play Steel Magnolias. A diverse cast will take us inside Truvy’s beauty shop in a small Southern town where six women find their lives intertwined.

The Cashore Marionettes

Intricately carved and masterfully manipulated, the marionettes of Joseph Cashore bring to life crystalline moments of melancholy and joy. Cashore’s craft captivates children and adults alike. In the intimate space of Strauss Hall, small audiences will encounter big delights.


The endlessly imaginative and energetically physical dance company Momix returns to Hancher to present Opus Cactus—a much-loved work grounded in the teeming life and landscape of the American southwest.

Storm Large

Storm Large—a musical chameleon with rock bonafides—delivers her own unique take on the American songbook. Building a fan base from her appearance on the televised singing competition “Rock Star: Supernova,” Large has conquered a variety of artistic avenues.

Rufus Reid

Jazz bassist and composer Rufus Reid’s big band project celebrates the life, art, and accomplishments of Elizabeth Catlett, the acclaimed sculptor, printmaker, and social activist. In 1940, Catlett was the first African American to receive an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize, that most inventive of circus troupes, returns to Iowa City with a new work co-commissioned by Hancher. Hotel features the perfect blend of the company’s exceptional circus skills and distinctive sensibility.

Steep Canyon Rangers

The sensational bluegrass band that helped Steve Martin and Martin Short open the new Hancher Auditorium returns for a free outdoor concert. The Steep Canyon Rangers will have you up and dancing as they help us welcome students back to campus—and the community to our front yard.