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Release: Oct. 29, 1999
Aspengren play premiered at UI takes flight off-Broadway
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Flyer," a play by Kate
Aspengren that premiered at the University of Iowa in 1996 through a grant
from the Iowa Arts Council, is now taking flight off-Broadway in New York
City. The play opens Oct. 29 at the West End Theatre in Manhattan, produced
by Six Figures Theater Company, a company that focuses on womens stories.
Aspengren, a native of Des Moines, is an alumna of
the UI department of theatre arts and now teaches for the department.
"Flyer" tells the story of a woman whose
lifetime love affair with aviation led her to reach for outer space as a member
of the "Mercury 13," an elite group of female pilots who were candidates
for the U.S. astronaut program. They went through the same rigorous training
and testing as their male counterparts, but in 1962 the women were unceremoniously
dismissed from the space program by a Senate subcommittee.
The New York production features Tandy Cronyn -- daughter
of the legendary stage couple of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy -- who was
recently featured in the UI production of Aspengrens "Blue Yonder."
UI theater graduate Sandra DeLuca is understudying the leading role.
Three of the plays Aspengren has written at the UI
-- "Dear Mrs. Martin," "House of Wonders" and "Mother's
Day" -- have been published by Samuel French. Her other plays include
"Girl Detective," "State of Grace" and a script about
issues of college life that has been produced for UI freshman orientation
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Aspengren is reachable by e-mail
at KPTB@aol.com, and she may be reached by phone