Monday Monologues fall lineup announced

Sep 07, 2022 · Susan Gent

Monday Monologues is a lunchtime University Library-hosted performance series that spotlights Iowa State student and faculty voices. This fall, Monday Monologues starts outdoors on the south steps of Parks Library with three choral ensembles. Events move indoors, to the Grant Wood Mural Lobby, north of Bookends Café for poetry and song, ending with hilarious theatrical terror and readings that’ll tickle the funny bone. 

Oct 3 | 12:15p.m., on the steps in front of Parks Library  

Singing in Steps 

Featuring the Cantamus, Lyrica, and Count Me In ensembles 

Conducted by Dr. Jennifer Rodgers, assistant director of choral activities, ISU Department of Music and Theatre     

A choir builds community, story, and their songs in steps - layering text, melody, harmony, rhythm, and meaning. Hear everything from Bob Marley to a Finnish folk song to a Tryptophan Hand Jive.  

Oct. 17 | 12:15 p.m., Grant Wood Mural Lobby 

Honey Wine from Creek Waters  

Essays and poems by A'Ja Lyons, Iowa State M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Environment candidate 

Lyons wields lyrical prose to bring readers/listeners along her life's tide and beside her personal discoveries. “Honey Wine from Creek Waters” is Lyons’ upcoming sexual memoir – a collection of essays and poetry – which provides multivalent lenses to the backdrop of a Gulf Coast birthplace and transition to the streams of central Iowa. ​ 

Oct. 24 | 12:15 p.m., Grant Wood Mural Lobby  

Gratitude with Dogs Under Stars:  New Poems & New Music  

Debra Marquart, distinguished professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Environment  

Poet laureate of Iowa and author of eight books, Debra Marquart’s poetry collection, “Gratitude with Dogs Under Stars: New & Collected Poems” is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. Marquart’s recently gone back to the music studio with her band, The Bone People, a trio that fuses elements of rock, jazz, and R&B with poetry and storytelling. In this session, Marquart will play some new songs and read some new poems from her latest collection. 

Oct. 31 | 12:15 p.m., Grant Wood Mural Lobby 

Selections from Night of the Living Dead: The Musical 

Directed by Mary Jo DuPrey, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean's artist in residence, ISU Department of Music and Theatre   

Night of the Living Dead! The Musical! is Jordan Wolfe’s sidesplitting rock n' roll comedy sendup of the legendary 1968 zombie film. Facing a growing mob of strange, bloodthirsty creatures, three couples seek refuge in an abandoned house...but will they survive the night!? With an infectious original score, Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!  has been called this generation's Little Shop of Horrors.  

Full-length performances will take place in Fisher Theater, November 10-13, 2022. Youth and ISU students attend free; general admission is $25. 

Nov. 7 | 12:15 p.m., Grant Wood Mural Lobby 

Fresh Humor: Laughs over the Lunch Hour 

Rachel McKenny, assistant director of the Writing and Media Center 

Humorist and ISU staff member, McKenny will share some of her own humor writing. Additionally, students from Honors Seminar 321M: Punching Up Your Humor Writing! will read original pieces created in class.