NAU theater to share magic of ‘Iris’

Iris play

A play for the whole family, Still Life with Iris, Steven Dietz’s fantasy drama, will be performed by NAU theater students Feb. 23 through March 3 in the Clifford White Theater on the Mountain Campus.

“This play will take you totally out of reality and into several other worlds,” said director Barbara-Jo Maier, assistant professor in the Theatre department. “The lighting, music and color will transport you.”

Set in the magical land of Nocturno, a place where during the night, workers make all of the things we see in the world by day, the drama follows Iris, a perfect girl. Iris has been kidnapped by the rulers of Nocturno, who are determined to have the “best” of everything. Mozart, at age 11, and Annabel Lee, help Iris return to her homeland.

The music to the score was composed by sociology graduate student Matt Hornbeck. The set and costumes were designed by former theater students Sarah Trieckel and Laura Wirth.

“This play allows everyone to be really creative,” Maier said. “We are playing with art, playing with music and weaving it into theater.”

Still Life with Iris will be staged at 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 24 and 28 and March 1, 2, 3, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25.

Tickets are $11 for general admission, $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $8 for NAU students and staff. Call the NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661, or go