Starting 5/23/24, 12:00:00 am: School of Rock

Beyond The Stage: She is Fierce

Beyond the Stage is a big-picture initiative forged between TCR and other thought leaders in the Cedar Rapids community. It’s intended to provoke conversation and experiences surrounding contemporary issues and themes, and features a robust menu of events stemming from TCR’s Linge Series productions.

Traditionally held in the spring, The Linge Series pairs two productions with aligning themes, and presents them concurrently in TCR’s auditorium and Grandon Studio. Careful consideration is given in selecting titles that not only entertain, but challenge audiences intellectually and emotionally.

Women in a Man’s World

This year’s Linge Series productions are Shakespeare in Love and Ada and the Memory Engine. These plays and their Beyond the Stage affiliated events spotlight the issue of gender equality and acknowledge the challenges and triumphs of women in the arts and sciences.

Both Shakespeare in Love and Ada and the Memory Engine feature women stepping into arenas traditionally controlled by men. Viola (Shakespeare in Love) wants to act on stage in a time when only men were allowed; Ada Lovelace (Ada and the Memory Engine) was considered the world’s first computer programmer and only gained publication of her writing and analysis in partnership with men. TCR is exploring what it means to be a bold female leader both on and off our stages this spring!

In addition to purchasing tickets to see these meaningful and moving productions, we encourage you to attend as many of the following Beyond the Stage events as you are able.


FEBRUARY 21–MARCH 3: Legacy of Light, Strayer-Wood Theatre, UNI
Written by Karen Zacarias
Directed by Amy Osatinski
CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

MARCH 8–24: Shakespeare in Love, TCR Auditorium
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard,
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Angie Toomsen
Part of the Linge Series
Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased HERE or at the TCR Box Office, 102 3rd St. SE, 319-366-8591

MARCH 15–31: Ada and the Memory Engine, TCR Grandon Studio
Written By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Lisa Kelly
Part of the Linge Series
Tickets are just $25 ($15 for students) and can be purchased HERE or at the TCR Box Office, 102 3rd St. SE, 319-366-8591

12,000 Voices: 12 Angry Men Performed by 12 Impassioned Women
Location: Theatre Cedar Rapids, Auditorium
Director: Marty Norton
Theatre Cedar Rapids is proud to present a staged reading of Reginald Rose’s drama 12 Angry Men as part of the 12000 Voices national initiative over the weekend of April 5-8, 2019 to bring together 1,000 community colleges, law schools, universities, high schools, community and regional theaters, and community centers to raise their voices as one.
Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased HERE


The following events are free and open to the public.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7:00 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Women in Science and the Arts
Location: UNI Communication Arts Center (CAC)108
Moderator: Rachel Morgan
Panelists: Lisa Kelly, Jessica Link, Carla Lienhard, Kayleigh Hockensmith Sizemore, Morgan Siobahn

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 7:30 p.m.
UNI School of Music International Women’s Day Concert
Location: Great Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, UNI
UNI School of Music faculty and students, including the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, will present a concert celebrating International Women’s Day. This event will feature three scenes from the new musical The Suffragist written by Cedar Rapids playwright Cavan Hallman, and composer Nancy Hill Cobb. LEARN MORE HERE.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 1-2 p.m. (prior to the 2:30 p.m. performance of Shakespeare in Love)
PANEL DISCUSSION: Women in a Man’s World
Location: Theatre Cedar Rapids, Grandon Studio
Moderator: Tiffany O’Donnell, Executive Director of Women Lead Change
LeAnn Erenberger, US Bank
Lt. Denni Randall, CRPD
Heather Robertson, Collins Aerospace

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 6:00 p.m.
Women in a Man’s World: Discussion and Scenes from TCR’s Linge Series Plays
Location: Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium
Scenes from TCR’s Shakespeare in Love and Ada and the Memory Engine will be performed and a discussion will be held.

Display of books written by female authors using pen names (Exhibit title is forthcoming)

Every day, every screen, and every showtime in March will be dedicated to presenting films made exclusively by women. This showcase of over 30 female-directed new release films, cinema classics, Iowa-made features, and dialogues about the female perspective in the industry is not to miss. More information HERE
Featuring Rachel Hollis and many more, this invigorating two-day event promises to enrich and inspire. Learn more and buy tickets HERE

Collaborating Partners
Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
Cedar Rapids Public Library
University of Northern Iowa
Women Lead Change

Beyond the Stage is sponsored by UICCU
Shakespeare in Love
and Ada and the Memory Engine are part of the Linge Series
Ada and the Memory Engine is sponsored by Collins Aerospace and is part of the Linge Series