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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 6, 2002
Brochures for Iowa Summer Rep 2002 are now available
are now available for Iowa Summer Rep 2002, which will be presented by the
University of Iowa department of theatre arts summer professional company
June 26 through July 28 in the UI Theatre Building. The summer season will
be a festival of plays by Atlanta playwright, fiction writer, poet and essayist
Pearl Cleage: Flyin West, Blues for an Alabama Sky
and Bourbon at the Border. The festival will also include a reading
of Mad at Miles: A Blackwomans Guide to Truth.
The brochures -- which include Cleages biography, information about
the plays, a full festival schedule and order forms for series packages --
are in the mail to those who normally receive UI theater mailings. The brochures
are available for pick-up at the Hancher Auditorium box office or the Theatre
Building lobby, and they may be requested from either the Hancher box office
or the Department of Theatre Arts.
The theatre arts phone number is 319-335-2700. The Hancher box office may
be contacted by phone at 335-1160 in the local calling area or toll-free at
1-800-HANCHER, or by e-mail at < firstname.lastname@example.org >. 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.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, through May 18. The box office will be closed
May 19-27. When the box office re-opens for business on May 28, it will begin
its summer business hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Beginning May 15 Iowa Summer Rep individual tickets will be on sale on-line
at < http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
Cleage, who has been playwright in residence at Spelman College and at the
Just US Theater Company in Atlanta, has written plays that have been produced
professionally for more than 20 years. But she was boosted to a new level
of public awareness when Oprahs Book Club recommended her novel What
Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day in 1997. Her most recent novel,
I Wish I Had a Red Dress, won the top fiction honor in the 2002
Literary Awards of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.
The daughter of a minister and a school teacher, Cleage began to form the
themes of her plays early in her life. She recalled, By the time I was
eight or nine, I understood clearly that slavery and racism had created a
complex set of circumstances that impacted daily on my life as an African-American.
. . I also knew that as a person who had the advantage of growing up in a
house where there were books, it was my responsibility once I achieved adulthood
to work consciously to uplift the race, or at least as much of
it as I could, given limited resources, human frailty and the awesome implacability
of the group itself.
Before dedicating her energies to writing, Cleage worked at a variety of
jobs in the media, including host of a black-oriented interview program in
Atlanta. In the mid-1970s, she served as director of communications for the
city of Atlanta and press secretary for Mayor Maynard Jackson.
Cleages essays have appear in Essence, the New York Times Book Review,
Ms., Atlanta Magazine, Pride, Black World, the Afro-American Review and other
publications. She has been a columnist for the Atlanta Gazette, the Atlanta
Tribune and the Atlanta Constitution, and she was the founding editor of Catalyst,
a literary magazine.
Cleages other books include the poetry collections We Dont
Need No Music, Dear Dark Faces, and One for the Brothers;
the essay collection Deals with the Devil: And Other Reasons to Riot;
the short-story collection The Brass Bed and Other Stories; and
the non-fiction work Dreamers and Dealmakers: An Insiders Guide
to the Other Atlanta.
The department of theatre arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts
in the UI College of Liberal Arts. For UI arts information, visit < http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
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