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Release: Dec. 10, 1999
UI scripts are selected for regional American College
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
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.
For news about the arts at the UI, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web.