Meet the Cast of Blue Whale Variations

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Amy Rodriguez will be graduating this May! She is super excited that this will be her last show at the university, and has had a wonderful experience both acting and dabbling in design in the theatre department. Recent credits include: Bigfoot Takes a Walk (Gregorny), Three Sisters (Irina), Orlando (Euphrosyne, others). She recently was the set designer for Sirens of the Field. Thank you for a memorable college theatre experience!

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Charlie | LIAT GRAF

Liat Graf is very excited to be telling this story with a wonderful and sensitive team of artists. She is a third-year MFA Acting candidate at UI and this is her last production at the university! Previous roles include Masha in Three Sisters and Jessie in Sweat. She has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (apprentice), The PIT in New York City, Improv Boston, and Tel Aviv.

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Katey Halverson is a first-year student at Iowa studying theatre arts. She is from North Liberty and has grown up doing theatre around the area. She’d like to extend a thank you to her mentors and everyone else who has helped her get to where she is. Enjoy the show!

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Joshua Fryvecind is pleased to return to the University of Iowa for this production. In 2018, he played Arnold in the UI production of HIR. He was last seen onstage as Dr. Astrov in Riverside Theatre's Uncle Vanya. He is supported by his wife Mia and son Deucalion. Thank you for supporting live theatre.

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August Rain Stamper is a Dialect Coach and Sexual Risk Avoidance Educator based in Chicago. This Aquarian has previously performed in Bloody Bathory (Barrens Theatre Co.), Tortoise & Hare (Improv Playhouse), The Tempest (Commission Theatre), and is delighted to join the effervescent team of Blue Whale Variations! When she's not performing, August can be found cooking for loved ones, watching a crime documentary, or buzzing merrily over her vegetable garden.

Stage Directions | MEG MECHELKE

Meg Mechelke is a second-year undergrad at the University of Iowa studying theatre arts and English. Her previous credits with the department include Ten-Minute Play Festival 2021, Skeleton Closet, Losing Faith, and Essential Workers: A Portrait. She is currently working as a dramaturg on two NPF readings: The Switch and HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING.