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Release: March 26, 1999


10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL APRIL 1-3 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present a "10-Minute Play Festival" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 1-3 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The production will feature eight minimally staged new plays, each of a duration of no more than 10 minutes, presented by undergraduate playwrights in the UI department of theatre arts. The eight scripts were selected by faculty member Kate Aspengren with the assistance of playwrights Maggie Conroy and Amy Wheeler, from among 35 submissions.

The plays are "A Faithless Act" by Kevin Wall, directed by Scott Working; "True Love: A Farce" by Mark Hansen, directed by Michael Rothschild; "Girl Eats Boy Eats Girl" by Jane Beachy, directed by Mose Hayward; "The Funniest Joke in the World" by Dan Brooks, directed by Justin Rose; "Broccoli" by Mandi Lee, directed by Allison Moore; "First Corinthians" by Kurt E. Kruckeberg, directed by Will Nedved; "Telephone Diaries" by Jeff Koch, directed by Jean Finley; and "Untitled" by Ryan Greenlaw, directed by Jessica Clement. Lighting design is by Ethan Bade, sound design is by Tim Gavin, the costume coordinator is Brianne Boylan and the stage manager is Don Schneider.

Admission to the "10-Minute Play Festival" will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens, and youth) at the door.

The festival includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the department at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

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PERSPECTIVES, APRIL 7 -- Allen Roberts, University of Iowa professor of anthropology and chair of the African Studies program, and independent scholar Polly Nooter Roberts will present a joint lecture and show portions of their recently produced video, "Crossing Borders: Memory Across the Indian Ocean," at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the UI Museum of Art.
This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.

Using slides and a 30-minute video focusing on the relationship between eastern African and Indian cultures, the Roberts will share their glimpse of two regions of the Indian Ocean rim which have been connected through trade for many centuries.

During the winter of 1997-98, the Roberts were members of a small team of UI faculty members and graduate students who traveled to Tanzania and India through a Ford Foundation grant, "Crossing Borders: Revitalizing Area Studies," held by the Office of the UI Associate Provost for International Programs.

Allen Roberts said, "Two Africanists, Polly and myself, introduced two Indianists, professors Jael Silliman of women's studies and Paul Greenough of history, to Tanzania. The favor was then returned to us in India. During this trip we were able to explore research opportunities among people of Indian descent living in Africa, and of African descent living in India. The former are well studied, while the latter are hardly known outside their own communities."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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ARTIST TERRY WINTERS LECTURES APRIL 8 -- Artist Terry Winters will lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8 in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Winters, who is a visiting artist in the painting and drawing area of the UI School of Art and Art History, lives and works in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. His work has been shown in major museums and galleries worldwide, and one of his paintings was recently featured on the first page of the Sunday New York Times "Arts and Leisure" section in conjunction with an article on the relationship between art and science.

Winters paints colorful canvasses that are often filled with lines and that have titles that suggest some kind of relationship to science: "Velocity and Amplitude," "Branching Structures" and ""Developmental Surface Model."

Winters talks about his paintings in ways that blur the lines between art and science. "I see the painting process as a combination of the technical and the magical," he has said. "Invisible forces are generated by the images, and they're moving. At some point there's a recognition, an acceptance that the image has a life of its own, that the image itself is an organism."

Winters also stresses the importance of color in his paintings: "Color is vital, and its impact is immediate. Every color has particular associations. It can be very specific and symbolic, or it can be arbitrary. Sometimes I choose colors at random. Or I choose colors that reflect my 'taste,' or that move in the opposite direction. It's a powerful tool -- but it's unpredictable."

"I think of my paintings as an invented language, where meanings are acquired. . . . The colors, like the shapes, are part of the syntax."

Winters' lecture will be free and open to the public.

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WARREN READS APRIL 10 -- Poet Rosanna Warren, a new chancellor of the Academy of American poets, will give a reading at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in Tippie Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Building. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop during National Poetry Month, the reading is free and open to the public.

Warren, a professor in the department of English at Boston University, is the author of four books of poetry, including, "Stained Glass," "Each Leaf Shines Separate" and "Snow Day." In 1995 she co-authored a verse translation of Euripides play "The Supplicants."

Critic Sue Standing wrote of her work, "Rosanna Warren must be one of the most structurally elegant and visually perceptive contemporary poets around. To paraphrase Joseph Addison on Milton, 'Whatever her pen describes I more than see.' Warren's quick poetic eye converts both the invisible world and the inscape of passion and grief into the charged corporeality of words."

She has received the Ingram Merrill Grant for Poetry, the Lavan Younger Poets prize and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 Warren served as poet in residence at the Robert Frost Farm in Franconia, N.H.

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SILVERMAN READS APRIL 5 -- Non-fiction writer Sue W. Silverman will read from her new memoir, "Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You," at 8 p.m. in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Sponsored, in part, by the UI program in non-fiction writing, the reading is free and open to the public.

Silverman's book won the Associated Writing Programs Award for creative nonfiction.

Adam Hochschild calls the book "Searing, brave, powerfully written . . . it is about evil, about denial, about the great chasm between the public facade of a prominent, successful family and its painful reality . . ."

"This is a terrifying and heartening book about the worst that can happen to a child, and the best that can come of self-awareness, gentle guidance, and an unbroken will," says Rosellen Brown, author of "Before and After."

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.

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CATHERINE WEBSTER AND LOCAL FARMERS READ APRIL 6 -- Poet Catherine Webster will read from her newly compiled anthology of farm poems, "over this soil," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 at the Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City. Several local farmers will read from the anthology with her. The reading will be free and open to the public.

University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member James Galvin says of Webster's anthology, "There is wisdom here. Wisdom says tread lightly. Feel gratitude. Revere the source. Listen to the ancient, loving conversation that, by implication, includes everything -- life, death, growth, nourishment, manners, fear, frustration, love, morality, humility, wonder . . ."

Webster is the author of a book of poems, "The Concept of Bodily Objects." She is also the editor of "Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems."

The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI AM 910 and WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.