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Season subscriptions are now on sale for University Theatres Mainstage
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Season packages go on sale Aug. 24 for the 1998-99
University Theatres Mainstage productions at the University of Iowa. A
free ticket-order brochure, which promises a season that "Takes You
Beyond the Ordinary," is available from the Hancher Auditorium box
office, or from the UI department of theatre arts at 319-353-2700.
The Mainstage season is available at a 20-percent discount in three-play
and five-play packages. Individual tickets to each of the season's five
productions will go on sale Sept. 14 at the Hancher box office.
The 1998-99 season was planned in conjunction with the UI's Global Focus:
Human Rights '98, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. The season's productions of classic and contemporary
theater probe the human condition through humor and invention, realism
The Mainstage plays are: "Cloud 9" by Caryl Churchill, Oct.
15-25 in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre Building; "Everything
That Rises Must Converge," adapted by Karin Coonrod from short stories
by Flannery O'Connor, Nov. 5-15 in the David Thayer Theatre of the Theatre
Building; Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," Feb. 4-21
in Theatre B; "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, celebrating
the 30th anniversary of UI Black Action Theatre, Feb. 25-March 7 in E.C.
Mabie Theatre; and the 1993 Obie Award winner, Jose Rivera's "Marisol,"
April 8-18 in the David Thayer Theatre.
In "Cloud 9," now recognized as one of the landmark plays
of the 1970s, Churchill tackles issues of gender, class, family and race
with daring comedy and theatrical flair. The story begins in the colonial
Africa of the late 19th century, when the British mania for propriety was
at its height, but when the Act II curtain rises on late 20th-century England,
the empire and all its purported certainties have evaporated. The actors
have switched roles and genders, and both values and identities have been
Flannery O'Connor is among the UI's most distinguished alumni, and "Everything
That Rises Must Converge" will be a UI world premiere. Staged by New
York director Karin Coonrod, the production is this season's Partnership
in the Arts project. Partnership in the Arts invites prominent theater
professionals to develop significant new works for the stage, in collaboration
with UI Theatre Arts faculty, staff and students.
Steve Martin is not only one of the world's most inventive and popular
comic actors; he is also an avid collector of art. In "Picasso at
the Lapin Agile" he imagines a meeting between Albert Einstein and
Pablo Picasso in a turn-of-the-century Parisian cafe. Just before the twin
revolutions of relativity and cubism, two of the modern world's great minds
comically circle the transforming ideas of the century.
"A Raisin in the Sun" opened on Broadway 40 years ago, becoming
a landmark in American theater and a catalyst for African-American drama.
Hansberry portrayed the daily joys and furies, hopes and hungers of a family
striving for the American dream in the 1950s Chicago ghetto. The UI was
a pioneer in African-America studies, and Black Action Theatre now enters
its fourth decade exploring the breadth and richness of the African-American
experience in theater.
In his futuristic urban fantasy "Marisol," Jose Rivera concocts
a world where the moon has vanished, people are tortured for exceeding
their credit limits, and a war in heaven has spilled over into the smoldering
wasteland of New York City. "Marisol" is an over-the-top treatment
of environmental, moral, social and political decay as the millennium approaches.
The Mainstage season brochure also includes information about the productions
of University Theatres Second Stage and the Iowa Playwrights Festival.
The three-play Mainstage package is $36 ($18 for UI students, senior
citizens and audience members 17 and younger). The five-play package is
$60 ($28 for UI students, senior citizens and youth).
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. 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. The line is equipped with TDD for people with
hearing impairment who use that technology.
Global Focus: Human Rights '98 is a cross - disciplinary program of
teaching, research and action of the UI and its surrounding communities,
designed to address the problems and prospects of human rights as the 21st
century approaches. The program will feature distinguished speakers, scholarly
lectures, panel discussions, published research, curricular innovations,
community forums, radio broadcasts, artistic displays, theatrical events,
films and musical offerings. Global Focus will include visits by Chinese
dissident Wei Jingsheng; human rights lawyer Jerome Shestack, president
of the American Bar Association; and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. For more
information, visit the Global Focus website at < http://www.uiowa.edu/~hr98/>