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March 14 - 19, 2023 Des Moines Civic Center

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Running Time 2 hours, 45 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
The Patron Lounge will be open for this event.
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What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences, while they hold the very future of a nation in their hands?

American Repertory Theater at Harvard University/Roundabout Theatre Company’s new production of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, 1776, is a tuneful, witty, “bold and exuberant” (Variety) reexamination of a pivotal moment in American history from directors Jeffrey L. Page (Violet) and Diane Paulus (Waitress). 1776 comes to the Des Moines Civic Center with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity. You may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again.  


Due to a large number of events taking place downtown this week, please allow extra time to arrive and park.

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Student Rush Tickets available for $25 the day of the performance with a valid student ID. Limit one ticket per ID. 

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Event Details

Running Time 2 hours, 45 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
The Patron Lounge will be open for this event.
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We Declare is an opportunity to engage with the essential questions posed by 1776, created in collaboration with artists and educators, with the hopes that we engage together in a dialogue around what matters to us in the United States of America. 
We hope you join us in exploring the questions listed below and continue the conversation on your way home after the show.

Essential Questions

  1. How is my story a part of American history?
  2. In creating the Declaration of Independence, what mattered?
  3. How can we hold this history as a predicament versus an affirming myth?
  4. How does an honest reckoning with our past help us move forward together?

1776 Mural On Display in Des Moines

After seeing the show, be sure to pay a visit to the Downtown Des Moines Public Library this week to check out the 1776 mural our team and the library installed in their art gallery last month.

1776 partnered with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and invited Artists For Humanity to use the essential questions of the production (listed above) to design a visual representation of their answers. As the 1776 tour travels across the country, the  mural will accompany them. It is on display in Des Moines through the end of March!

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