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Release: Sept. 7, 2001
Subscription packages available for University Theatres Mainstage season
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Subscription packages are now available for the 2001-2002
University Theatres Mainstage season at the University of Iowa, through the
Hancher Auditorium box office. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 10.
A free brochure, "Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear,"
is available for mailing or pick-up. It includes detailed information about
the entire season, as well as order forms. The season theme stresses the capability
of the arts to hold up a mirror to life, so that even theatrical works from
the past are closer to our experience than their age might make them seem.
The Mainstage season encompasses a broad range of styles and periods of
-- "O Pioneers!", directed by UI Department of Theatre Arts chair
Alan MacVey Oct. 11-21, is a musical adaptation of the Willa Cather classic
of late 19th-century life on the prairie, written by UI Playwrights Workshop
alumna Darrah Cloud, with music by Kim D. Sherman;
-- "A Christmas Carol: The 1932 Chicago Radio Broadcast," directed
by faculty member Eric Forsythe Dec. 6-15, is an ingenious adaptation of the
beloved Charles Dickens holiday story, mixing the "true meaning of Christmas"
with the Golden Age of radio;
-- Chekhov's comedy "The Seagull," directed by faculty member
Carol MacVey Feb. 21 - March 3, is a seminal work of modern theater, a complex
tale of love, theater, art and creativity, in which each character is a mixture
of wisdom and foolishness;
-- "Wonderchild" by Drama Desk Award-winning playwright J. e.
Franklin, directed by new faculty member Tisch Jones April 4-14, will be a
University Theatres world premiere, a play that explores the life of "Blind
Tom" Bethune, an American musical savant born into slavery in 1849; and
-- Gertrude Stein's "The Making of Americans: Part IV -- The Silent
Scream of Martha Hersland," a multi-media theater/cyberspace premiere
April 25 - May 5, is this season's Partnership in the Arts project in collaboration
with the Gertrude Stein Repertory Company and director Cheryl Faver.
The brochure also includes information about University Theatres Second
Stage, which this season is devoted to two pairs of classic plays: "Agamemnon"
by Aeschylus and "Elektra" by Sophocles, Nov. 1-4; and "Machinal"
by Sophie Treadwell and "Woyceck" by Georg Bruchner, Nov. 7-11.
Subscriptions to the Mainstage season are available in five- and three-play
packages, both at substantial discounts compared to single-ticket purchases.
Five-play packages are $65 ($30 for UI students, senior citizens and youth)
and three-play packages, offering the subscriber's choice of any of three
of the five Mainstage productions, are $39 ($18 for UI students, senior citizens
and youth). Single tickets are $16 ($8 for UI students, senior citizens and
youth). Group rates are available.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>.
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.
Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
To learn more about University Theatres, visit <http://www.uiowa.edu/~theatre>
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