“I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives.”

~ Amanda, Private Lives

Fourth Room presents our 3rd Annual
FREE Summer Classics production


by Noel Coward

Directed by Rachel Korach Howell

August 13 – 22, 2015

at a beautiful outdoor location in central Iowa City

Fourth Room Theatre announces its 3rd annual Free Outdoor Classics production, Noël Coward’s Private Lives.

The 1930’s comedy explores the love lives of a divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, who are shocked to run into each other while honeymooning at the same hotel in France with their respective new spouses. Their feelings for one another are rekindled, setting in motion the same cycle of love and violence that plagued their initial marriage.

Coward’s play, written in just four days when he was only 30 years old, is a perennial favorite. Coward himself starred as Elyot when the play first premiered. The show’s popularity was immediate and hasn’t waned since. It was adapted for film in 1931 and has had several radio and television productions since then, as well as numerous award-winning London and Broadway stagings.

Fourth Room core member Rachel Korach Howell directs.


Matthew James as Elyot
Jessica Link as Amanda
Matt Brewbaker as Victor
Erin Mills as Sybil
Kelly Garrett as Louise


Fourth Room will present Private Lives at the same beautiful outdoor location as previous summers, 901 Melrose Ave, Iowa City. Limited parking is available on the grounds, with additional spots across the street at Kinnick Stadium.


Thursday, August 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 15 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 20 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 – 7:00 p.m.

The performances are free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics to enjoy the evening. No reservations needed.