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Release: June 15, 2001
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Iowa Summer Rep 2001 is on a winning streak with George F. Walkers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Summer Rep festival of comedies by Canadas
most popular English-language playwright, George F. Walker, will open its
second production, "Risk Everything," at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28
in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. Other performances
will be at 8 p.m. June 29-30 and July 3, 11, 15 and 17-22; and 2 p.m. July
"Risk Everything" is part of Walkers "Suburban Motel"
sextet of comedies that are set in the same seedy motel room.
In this zany section, Carol is a gambling addict and compulsive liar prepared
to risk -- literally -- everything, including the lives of her friends and
family who get sucked into the maelstrom. Carol has won a bet at the track,
but unfortunately she "borrowed" the funds for the wager from a
gangster, and now she is trying to figure out how to avoid paying back both
the "loan" and the winnings that provoke unrealistic dreams of a
Her new boyfriend, Michael, who is filming a porn movie next door, seems
normal in comparison with the characters and complications of Carols
chaotic and dangerous world.
Another "Suburban Motel" script, "Problem Child," which
features some of the characters who also inhabit "Risk Everything,"
notably Carols daughter Denise and son-in law RJ Reynolds, will be given
an Iowa Summer Rep reading on July 15.
"Risk Everything is short, sharp and sweet," says director
Eric Forsythe, the UI department of theatre arts faculty member who is the
artistic director of Iowa Summer Rep. "Weve got a dream
cast. What a treat to work on. I think our audiences will just eat it up."
The production features costume design by Vicki Grube, set design by Alison
Ford, sound design by Ethan J. Bade, and lighting design by Bryon Winn.
Forsythe says of the entire UI summer festival: "George F. Walker is
not a household name in the United States, unlike many of the playwrights
weve worked with over the years. Hes as celebrated in Canada as
Neil Simon is here, and just as prolific. Hes simply a great playwright
Im proud to produce -- and, oh, so funny."
Walkers darkly comic stage plays have been translated into more than
a half-dozen languages, and he has also been the writer of popular Canadian
TV series and movies. Among his many honors in Canada are the Governor Generals
Awards for Drama for "Nothing Sacred" and "Criminals in Love,"
the Chalmers Canadian Play Award six times, and three Outstanding Play Awards
in the DORA Awards. Walker has been resident playwright of the New York Shakespeare
Festival, and his "Nothing Sacred" was a Los Angeles Times "Play
of the Year."
A Chicago Sun-Times review declared, "No other living playwright pushes
the boundaries of comedy as far, with often stunning results." A Village
Voice review described his work as "black comedy with a depth of character
that ravishes," and a review in the Washington Post said Walker creates
a world "where humor and horror waltz drunkenly around in each others
The production of "Risk Everything" contains material of an adult
nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate
for them should contact the department of theatre arts at (319) 335-2700 for
For many seasons Iowa Summer Rep has pursued a unique focus in American summer
theater with its single-playwright festivals, but two seasons ago Iowa Summer
Rep also became an Actors Equity Company, elevating its status as a
professional theater company.
Tickets for "Risk Everything" are $17 ($13 for senior citizens
and $9 for UI students and audience members 17 and younger. 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 also available at a substantial discount as part of an Iowa Summer
Rep subscription package. A package, which includes tickets to all three Walker
productions, are $40 ($31 for senior citizens, and $22 for UI students and
The other plays in the Iowa Summer Rep 2001 festival of George F. Walker
comedies are "Escape from Happiness" and "Zastrozzi: The Master
Iowa Summer Rep theatergoers may enhance their theatrical outing with a choice
of picnic dinners at the outdoor Comedy Cafe, overlooking the Iowa River.
Reservations are strongly recommended by calling 319-335-3105, and orders
are due before 5 p.m. one day in advance.
Hancher summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the
local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills,
and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. People
with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial
(319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment
who use that technology.
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