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April 27, 2005

Playwrights From Iowa New Play Festival Featured On May 6 'Java House' Program

Playwrights the Iowa New Play Festival will discuss their works on the May 6 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House." Also appearing on the show will be The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Iowa City's own funky four-piece R&B band. 

The "Java House" program, produced by the University of Iowa public radio station WSUI-AM 910, is Iowa broadcast live on public radio affiliates throughout Iowa. 

The Iowa New Play Festival, a tradition unique in college theater, will spotlight more than a dozen new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in productions and readings May 2-7 in the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Java House" host Ben Kieffer will talk with workshop director Art Borreca and playwright Lee Blessing (left), a University of Iowa alumnus who was nominated for the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for "A Walk in the Woods" in 1987. Blessing will be one of five professional guests in residence attending all festival readings and productions and responding to the work. Borreca will introduce a number of new plays on the program, including works by Cristina Pippa, a third-year MFA playwright, author of "Cell Cycle," which is the first festival production on May 2. Also appearing on the program will be Michael Hayden, a first-year MFA playwright, author of "How Do You Sleep at Night?" which closes the Festival on May 7.  

Live music from The Diplomats of Solid Sound will also be in the "Java House" mix on May 6. "Destination... Get Down!" is the latest CD released by Iowa's own "ambassadors of instrumental soul." Allaboutjazz.com says of the CD: "Their latest soul stew is jam-packed from jump street till closing time with a dozen more original workouts guaranteed to lubricate and agitate every bone in yer carcass..."

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent. The shows are free and open to the public at The Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The "Java House" show can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.

OTHER INFORMATION: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2005/april/041805play_festival.html and http://www.thediplomats.org