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University of Iowa News Release

June 24, 2004

Iowa Summer Rep Goes To The Dogs - Greyhounds, Specifically - July 2

With A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia" -- the hit comedy about a flirtatious canine who comes between a middle-aged couple -- as its centerpiece production, Iowa Summer Rep decided to go completely to the dogs. Greyhounds, specifically.

Before the Friday, July 2, "Sylvia" performance, Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption (QCGA) will be on the grounds of the UI Theatre Building 6-8 p.m. with about 10 greyhounds who have been adopted by local families or are in need of loving homes.

People who come to meet the dogs -- attendance at the July 2 Summer Rep performance is not required -- will have the opportunity to enter a raffle. The prize will be a doggie basket that includes dog treats and toys, a DVD of "Best in Show," and a signed copy of UI Writers' Workshop Director Frank Conroy's "Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On."

"The goal of this evening is to provide information on the work of QCGA and to allow people an opportunity to meet some of these magnificent dogs," says Kate Aspengren, UI theatre arts faculty member/alumna and greyhound owner. "There's often a misperception that greyhounds are high strung. In fact, they are incredibly calm and gentle dogs."

Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption is a licensed, incorporated not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds no longer needed by the racing industry. More than 1,100 dogs have been placed since 1998. Approximately 30 greyhounds are currently in the organization's kennel or in foster care.

Learn more about the QCGA at http://www.qcgreyhoundadoption.org/. Or call Aspengren at 319-351-2759.

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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.

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