Monday Monologues returns for spring with an exciting new lineup

Jan 10, 2020 · Susan Gent

The University Library’s Monday Monologues program returns to campus on select Mondays this spring with lunchtime performances scheduled from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the Grant Wood Foyer in Parks Library. Monday Monologues takes its inspiration from the world of words, books and language and each session is curated by a member of the Iowa State University community. Participants can experience a series of poems, songs or plays on any number of topics. 

Jan 27: Members from ISU’s Orchesis I Dance Company will present selections from Barjche 2020: Dancing through Barriers. Modern dances will be shared that celebrate the superheroines of our past and present and feature contemporary choreography. Students will perform works by San Francisco Guest Artist Kathleen Hermesdorf and Artistic Director Cynthia Adams. Full-length performances are scheduled on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Fisher Theater.

Feb 24: Kartika Budhwar a MFA candidate in the Creative Writing and Environment will explore The Creative Process of Poetry & Prose with readings from her works. Budhwar writes about porous borderlands where myth meets history, where the colonizer and colonized come together, where languages spar and fuse, where gender and sexuality collapse upon themselves, and where the supernatural and the organic have equal claim.

March 9: Voices in Song: ISU Senior Voice Majors will present highlights from their senior recitals with Jodi Goble as vocal coach and pianist.

April 6: Members of the student organization No Re-Choir-Ment (NRCM) will perform selections that feature a women’s group, a mixed ensemble and a contemporary-oriented group. Their year-end show will be held on Saturday, April 25. Check the ISU calendar for details.

April 13: Director Amanda Petefish-Schrag will select scenes from her new work Of the Deep featuring puppetry and original music. Of The Deep explores how a girl who discovers a massive whale carcass washed up on shore comes together with the town's residents and has a pragmatic and mysterious journey along the way. Full-length performances are planned at 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25, 30, and May 1 and 2, at 1 p.m., April 26 and at 10 a.m. May 1, at Fisher Theatre. Of the Deep is the final Monday Monologues event of the semester. 

Each Monday Monologues performance begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends by 12:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop in for as long as their schedule allows. Lunch is available for purchase in the Bookends Café.


Susan Gent, University Library Community Engagement Specialist, 150 Parks Library, 515-450-1982