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Queue up for $20 'Rent' tickets at UI Hancher Auditorium Feb. 23-28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seats in the front two rows of the orchestra will be made available for $20 for every performance of "Rent," the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical,

Feb. 23-28 at Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The $20 tickets will go on sale at the Hancher box office on the days of performances only, two hours prior to the show and are available to anyone, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person.

"In keeping with the spirit of the show and the vision of Jonathan Larson (the show's creator), we are happy to be able to offer prime seats to people who otherwise would not be able to purchase them," explains "Rent" producer Kevin McCollum. "Jonathan was himself a struggling artist and his dream was to create a universal piece of musical theatre that's available to everyone."

The tradition of the $20 tickets was started in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. Since that time people have lined up as early as the night before to guarantee their purchase of the $20 tickets.

At Hancher, prospective ticket buyers are urged not to arrive before 8 a.m.

The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering orchestra seats for $20 in each city the show will play.

For general ticket information: 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. 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.

Audio description, for audience members with visual impairment, will be available at the 2 p.m. Feb. 28 performance.

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