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CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail:winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UI Hancher box offices announces spring closing, summer hours

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa will be closed May 19-26, during the break between the UI spring and summer sessions.

During the period when the box office is closed, the auditorium will continue to receive mail orders for Hancher's 1997-98 Silver Anniversary season and the Iowa Summer Rep festival of plays by Neil Simon. Forms will be processed in the order that they are received. Hancher's free 1997-98 brochure may be obtained by calling the Hancher administrative offices at (319) 335-1130. Free Iowa Summer Rep brochures are available through the Department of Theatre Arts at (319) 335-2700.

When the box office re-opens on Tuesday, May 27, it will begin its summer-session business hours. The box office will be closed on weekends except for May 24, May 31 and June 1, and June 21-22. The box office will also be closed on July 4.

Summer box office hours will be 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

5/9/97