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Release: April 26, 2002
University Theatres delays opening of 'The Making of Americans' until
The opening of The Making of Americans, this seasons Partnership
in the Arts project in the University of Iowa department of theatre arts,
has been postponed until Thursday, May 2. The production will have four performances,
8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 2-4, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in
the David Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building.
The production on the University Theatres Mainstage season was originally
scheduled to open
Eric Forsythe, director of theatre for the department of theatre arts, explained,
The goal of this production from the beginning has been to integrate
21st-century technologies with live performance in ways nobody has ever tried
before. This kind of research is both exciting and risky. With respect to
our audience, we invite you to return May 2-5 to witness the fulfillment of
this ambitious project.
Partnership in the Arts projects, which create collaborations between guest
artists and UI students, faculty and staff, have typically been productions
involving challenges that would be difficult or impossible to undertake in
conventional, commercial theaters. The Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre from
New York is the departments partner in the The Making of Americans
Adapted from the Martha Hersland chapter in Gertrude Steins
trailblazing The Making of Americans, which exploded traditional
concepts of the novel, the production includes live performers in Iowa City
and New York linked through videoconferencing, live and pre-recorded video,
projections on a variety of mobile screens and on the actors, digital puppeteering,
and 3D computerized events both pre-programmed and triggered by the performers.
Often, human and digital characters are technologically merged, making the
actors a combination of physical and virtual elements.
The Making of Americans is the culmination of five years of work
developing new software, exploring the application of TV-production techniques
to live theater, and using the 3D virtual worlds of computer games to create
virtual environments and objects that can be manipulated in real time for
Hancher Auditorium Box Office is contacting April 25-May 1 ticket-holders
directly, but anyone holding tickets for any of the April 26 through May 1
performances is encouraged to contact the Hancher Box Office as soon as possible
at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER.
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