Riverside Theatre to cut its Othello production short due to flooding concerns

Riverside Theatre's Othello is a no-go
Tonight’s the last night to see Othello, Riverside officials say. Photo by Miriam Alarcon Avila

Due to flooding concerns along the Iowa River, tonight will be the final showing of Othello presented by Riverside Theatre at 7 p.m. on the Riverside Festival Stage in Lower City Park.

The show was originally scheduled to run until July 6, but sudden changes in weather have prevented the theatre company from continuing the show.

“Of course we are heartbroken to lose our evenings under the stars but we hope patrons will celebrate our last performance of “Othello” by filling the Festival Stage,” Artistic Director Jody Hovland said in a statement released today. “This is a nimble company and we are working hard to remount ‘Complete Works’ on the Gilbert Street Stage for the remainder of the season. As always, we will take good care of our patrons. Both of our productions have received wonderful notices this summer and you can expect that energy and professional excellence to continue.”

Riverside Theatre’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” will go on as scheduled, although the location has been changed to Riverside Theatre’s indoor stage.

Patrons who have tickets for cancelled showings may contact the company for arrangements by email at or by phone at (319) 338-7672.

Riverside Theatre revised schedule

* Changes are marked in red.


Wednesday, July 2 at 8 p.m. – Final performance (Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park, Iowa City)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Now at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City

Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m. — (Dogs’ Night is cancelled but the performance will go on)
Saturday, July 5 at 7 p.m. (Family Night) — added Complete Works performance
Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m. — added Complete Works performance
Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. (Family Night)
Wednesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m.