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Feb. 9, 2004

University Theatres Gallery Series Presents 'Top Ten'

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Top Ten," a new play written and co-directed by Iowa Playwrights Workshop student Peter Gil-Sheridan, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 19-21, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Ballistics, blood pressure, credit card debt, LSAT scores, ID numbers and recipes for methamphetamine are just a few of the numbers characters wrestle with in "Top Ten." Gil-Sheridan depicts the lives of nine people in a New Jersey town as they attempt to break free from their number-driven lives.

Overseeing and meddling in all the action is character called Nine. Gil-Sheridan says, "I envision Nine as a sort of sadistic game show host. He'll open doors through which someone might win the big prize, but he also has fun tripping them up along the way."

Co-director Nancy Hoffman says, "The play makes me laugh more often than not, although it still captures the difficulties of the human condition in America. Peter is a writer with both an immense heart and an immense capacity for mischief. Consequently, we roll with laughter as we find ourselves both lampooned and loved in his plays."

Other artistic contributors to "Top Ten" are set designer Craig Napoliello, costume designers Adriana Solano and Alison Reeger, sound designer Beth Bewley and lighting designer Peggy Mead-Finizio.

"Top Ten" contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned whether the show is appropriate for them should call the Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information. Brief smoking of tobacco products will occur in the performance.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students) at the door. Tickets will go on sale one hour before curtain time.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.