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Release: Jan. 19, 2001
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Iizukas comedy 'Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls' traces self-discovery
struggles in a chaotic world
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University Theatres Mainstage will present the imaginative
comedy "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls," by University of Iowa department
of theatre arts visiting faculty member Naomi Iizuka Feb. 1-11 in the David
Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 1-3 and 7-11, and at 3 p.m. Sundays,
Feb. 4 and 11.
In this unpredictable fantasy, which was premiered at the bellwether Humana
Festival in Louisville, Iizukas offbeat characters search for connection
and family in a world Iizuka describes as "chaotic and a little bit random,
and at times outright unfriendly." Traversing terrain from a zoo-like
New York City to other exotic locales, they ultimately attempt to "grow
into their own skin," evolving into "improved" incarnations
Director Alan MacVey, chair of the department of theatre arts, says, "Naomi
taught here in the fall of 1999 and was a great favorite with students and
faculty. She joined us for the second week of rehearsal, and shell be
back for the last week. She did some major re-writing specifically for this
production and continued making improvements throughout rehearsal. Shes
very responsive to actors and is a joy to work with. She also happens to be
one of the most up and coming playwrights in America."
Iizuka was headed for a legal career, but after one year at the Yale Law
School she decided she must follow her passion for theater. She headed west,
joined the playwriting program at San Diego State University, and has written
steadily ever since.
Her work has been produced throughout the country, from small alternative
theater companies to major regional institutions. Ilana M. Brownstein wrote,
"Iizuka masterfully, and unpredictably, weaves the stories of her characters
with equal measures of pain, humor, and above all hope."
Her other plays include "Skin," "Scheherazade," "Marlowes
Eye," "Tattoo Girl," "War of the Worlds" and "36
Views," which MacVey directed last summer in Vermont. Shes won
a PEN Center award for drama, a Jerome Playwriting Fellowship and a McKnight
MacVey says of "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls,": " I think
students will really enjoy this play. Its funny, quirky, theatrical,
and full of people theyll recognize. Its even goofy at times,
but ultimately is about something quite real: Its about characters who
are just out of college, trying to find their way in the world.
"Each person is a little nutty -- one is a bit of a Valley girl, one
is obsessed with writing his autobiography, one owns a dog big enough to take
up an entire apartment, one IS the dog. Theyre all on the loose in a
big world where its hard to make connections, even harder to keep them,
where home and family seem like something that happened a long time ago or
might occur again a long time in the future. Theyre happy as clams to
be out of school, having a life on their own, but theyre also lonely
and looking for love."
Other artistic contributors to the Mainstage production of "Aloha,
Say the Pretty Girls" are scenic designer Michael McGarty, costume designer
Leandra Logsdon, lighting designer Liza Williams, sound designer Kirsten Johnson
and dramaturg Art Borreca.
Tickets for "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" are $15 ($7 for UI students,
senior citizens and youth). Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher
Auditorium box office. Any remaining tickets for each performance will be
available one hour before curtain time at the Theatre Building box office.
Tickets are available at a 20-percent discount as part of a University Theatres
three-play subscription package. The other remaining productions in the 2000-2001
Mainstage Season are "Strange Attractors" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop
graduate student David Adjmi, Feb. 22 through March 4; and Molieres
"The Learned Ladies," March 29 through April 8.
Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
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prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
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