The Des Moines Playhouse has added a performance of "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid." "The Thunderbolt Kid" is sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services, with the support of the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust. Opening week ticket sales have resulted in an additional performance at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 28. Tickets are also available for the originally scheduled performances through June 28. Tickets are $20-35 and may be purchased at the Playhouse box office, by phone at 515-277-6261, and online at

Based on the bestselling reminiscence by Bill Bryson, "The Thunderbolt Kid" is warm, funny, and ultimately universal. Bryson tells the story of his youthful adventures at a simpler time in a place familiar to many of us: Des Moines in the 1950s and 1960s.

On Thursday, June 18, The Playhouse and Le Jardin restaurant will host Dinner With the Director. Over a three-course gourmet dinner, "Thunderbolt Kid" director and Playhouse executive director, John Viars, will discuss the play's themes and share backstage stories. Dinner at Le Jardin, in the Shops at Roosevelt, is at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for Dinner With the Director, meal only, are $30 per person and available at The Playhouse ticket office.

The Playhouse is Iowa's oldest and largest producing theatre. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information on The Playhouse and "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" contact The Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

"The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" Performances: June 12-28, 2009
7:30 p.m. Wednesday/Thursday
8:00 p.m. Friday/Saturday
2:00 p.m. Sunday
6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, only

"The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" Tickets:
Available through The Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312; by phone at 515-277-6261; and online at
$35 Adult Section A / $20 Adult Section B
$32 Senior (62+) Section A / $20 Senior Section B
$20 Student