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Release: July 7, 1999

August Wilson scholar Sandra G. Shannon will visit Iowa Summer Rep July 17-18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- August Wilson scholar Sandra G. Shannon, a professor of African-American literature at Howard University, will be the special guest at a discussion following the Iowa Summer Rep performance of Wilson's "Fences" at 2 p.m. July 18 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Shannon will sign copies of her recent book "The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson," for an hour before the performance and during intermission, in the Theatre Building lobby. She will also sign books in the lobby before the 8 p.m. July 17 E.C. Mabie Theatre performance of Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and during intermission.

"The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson" won the 1997 College Language Association's Creative Research Award. The book traces the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's evolution from his boyhood interest in black literature through his success writing plays about the black experience in America.

Her scholarly work on Wilson has appeared in several journals and books, as well as in "The Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History" -- establishing her as the nation's preeminent scholar on August Wilson.

Iowa Summer Rep's "Out of the Blues: An August Wilson Festival," is the first repertory series of Wilson's plays ever staged.

Tickets for Iowa Summer Rep performances are available in advance from the Hancher Auditorium box office, (319) 335-1160, or toll-free in Iowa and western Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER. Any remaining tickets for each performance are available one hour before curtain time at the Theatre Building box office. Tickets are still available for the July 17 "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" performance.