Sep 1, 2020 | Life | 0 comments

Songs and performances shared safely,
with a greeting from Annette Benning

Special to GoGuide Magazine
September 2020

Des Moines, IA – Iowa Stage Theatre Company, central Iowa’s home for award-winning theater that inspires, enlightens and entertains, is holding their annual Cocktails and Cabaret virtually this year. Oscar- and Tony-nominated screen legend Annette Bening will provide a video greeting for the guests.

“Cocktails and Cabaret is an event of good times and great performances,” Matthew McIver, Artistic Director of ISTC, said. “To ensure the safety of our artists and audiences, we are going to broadcast the performances and amazing special guests to our ticket holders, and we have great food and cocktails as part of the bargain. This is a vital part of our fundraising efforts for our virtual season this fall.

Annette Bening has won the Golden Globe, the SAG Award, the BAFTA and a Primetime Emmy in an acclaimed career that has spanned theater, film and television. Her work has spanned Arthur Miller plays and Marvel movies, and stretched from Hedda Gabler to American Beauty. She was approached through ISTC Resident Artist Company member Richard Maynard, who has appeared as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and in Romeo and Juliet. Maynard is related to Bening’s parents, who are from Iowa.

In addition to Bening, Roosevelt Credit, Broadway actor and singer, will talk about life as an artist in the time of COVID. Credit has appeared on Broadway in Porgy and Bess and toured nationally in Showboat, in addition to singing internationally.

The Conservatory in the East Village will both provide the food and cocktails for Cocktails and Cabaret, which attendees will pick up the afternoon of September 12th. It will also serve as teh site for the streamed performances to take place that evening, featuring songs from Mary Bricker,Jonathan deLima, John Earl Robinson, Tom Geraty, Kim & Dan Haymes, Kenton Jordan, Katy Merriman, Taylor Millar, Craig Peterson, and Adam Yankowy.

Tickets are available at, or by calling 515-309-0251. Individual tickets are are $125, and VIP packages for eight are available for $1500.

“We are excited to have this first streamed event, and looking forward to sharing more about our virtual season this fall” said McIver. “We are so grateful for our supporters and artists, and looking forward to sharing more in the days to come about our plans to put great shows on, while taking care of the artists and supporters who are the heart of what we do.”




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