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Release: Dec. 10, 1999

UI scripts are selected for regional American College Theatre Festival

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two scripts by University of Iowa theater students are among seven plays selected for production at the regional American College Theatre Festival's (ACTF) showcase of short plays. "Old Memphis Song" by Robert Alexander Wray and "The Birthday Lunch" by Kara Hartzler will be performed during the ACTF Region 5 Ten-Minute Play Festival Jan. 18-23 in Fargo, N.D.

Wray and Hartzler are first-year graduate students in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the department of theatre arts.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the founding chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., ACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. ACTF has grown into a network of more than 400 academic institutions throughout the country. The UI has been active in ACTF since its inception.

The goals of ACTF are to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most exciting work produced in university and college theater programs; provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills; improve the quality of college and university theater in America; and encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students.

Through state, regional and national festivals, ACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The ACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

In January and February of each year, eight regional festivals showcase the finest productions entered into the festival in each region, and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia and regional-level award programs. Regional festival productions are judged by a panel of three judges selected by the Kennedy Center and the ACTF national committee.

UI students have been frequent winners in ACTF regional and national competition, including winners of the ACTF's top awards in playwriting, design and production.

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