WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 18, 2000
Playwright Mike Finn to speak about his native Ireland Oct. 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- There's more to Ireland than leprechauns, rainbows and
pots of gold. For example, there are Irish playwrights like Mike Finn, one
of this year's International Writing Program (IWP) participants. Finn will
present "Another Voice of the New and Buoyant Ireland" to the Iowa
City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, Oct. 24 at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship
Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. The program is open to
Finn, a native of Limerick, is praised for his ability to interpret the
dynamics of the old and new Ireland. He has received honors for his plays
as well as his work as a promoter of Irish culture. His play "Pigtown"
was selected for performance in the prestigious international Dublin Stewart
Parker Trust workshop at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. Also, he was
selected this year to receive an award for "Outstanding Contribution
to the Culture Life of the City" from the Limerick Corporation.
Since 1980 Finn has been involved in cultural communication, as produced
for Big L Radio. He has also worked as a freelance photographer, is a weekly
columnist for the Limerick Post, and has acted in more than 30 theatre productions
as well as television and films. In addition, he is the founder and director
of the Island Theatre Company and the Umbrella Project Street Theatre Company.
Finn's repertoire of plays includes "The Crunch" (1992), "Charlie
Chaplin's Mother was an Irishman" (1995), "Nevereverland" (1998),
and "The Affair in the Square" (2000).
The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Friday, Oct. 20. New Pioneer
Co-op will cater the meal, and the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members.
Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed
to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52245-1802. For more information,
call 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute
adjustments may be made.
Finn's presentation is co-sponsored by International Programs and the International
Writing Program and is presented in part with the support of McDonald Optical
Dispensary and Iowa State Bank & Trust. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM
(910) will carry this program Wednesday, Oct. 25 following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community
and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy,
world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group
provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year
who visit the University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.
ICFRC is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.