The University of Iowa

Castalian String Quartet

In 2018, the Castalian String Quartet was the recipient of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. The quartet followed that up by being named the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris meets The Beatles! Pepperland is replete with Mark Morris’s blend of wit, musicality, and ingenuity. The evening-length work features original music by Ethan Iverson (formerly of The Bad Plus) as well as arrangements of songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band performed by a live ensemble, with Ethan Iverson on keyboards and a live theramin.

An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman is a new musical based on the Oscar-winning film. Zack Mayo’s got smarts and a body built for US Navy pilot boot camp, but he also has too much swagger—until he meets a drill sergeant determined to drill his arrogance out of him. Zack finds comfort in the arms of a local factory girl. When tragedy befalls a fellow candidate, Zack finds the courage to be his best self and win the heart of the woman he loves. A sweeping romance that lifts you up where you belong.

Brunch with Santa

Hancher’s holiday tradition—and Santa himself!—returns with a festive brunch for the whole family. The only place Santa loves more than Hancher is the North Pole, so he’ll be extra jolly as he talks with your kids and grandkids about their holiday wishes.

Storm Large

Hear Storm Large take on the holidays in her third Hancher performance. An undeniable force of nature, she’ll light up the holidays with a tempest of seasonal favorites.


Beloved clown and Tony award-winner Bill Irwin applies his sensibility to the words of Samuel Beckett. “What this evening is,” Irwin explains, “is my attempt to share with an audience the place that these writings occupy inside of me. These stretches of language have stayed in my head a long time.”