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Release: Oct. 13, 2006

UI Gallery Series Presents 'Bloody Lies' Oct. 26-29

The University Theatres Gallery Series will present "Bloody Lies," a new comedy by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Greg Machlin, just in time for Halloween -- at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The production, directed by UI alumna Danielle Santangelo, has been described as "Dracula meets Monty Python," with a healthy dose of Charles Ludlam thrown in.

A young man, Clem, travels to the mysterious Eastern European country of Rachvorgia to save his family's house from the clutches of the evil Landlady Doris. While there, Clem and his best friend, Barney, meet the menacing Count Von Richtenstein and his beautiful daughter, Nina.

Nina and Clem are smitten with one another, but Nina is strangely pale, and she doesn't like the sun, and she certainly seems to enjoy biting Clem's neck ... .

"I've been very pleased to see what Danielle's come up with," Machlin said. "She's got a great way of making actors feel comfortable while also pushing them to invent more. It's been a joy to watch the actors -- they're having a lot of fun with the piece, which is great."

Machlin, a recipient of the Norman Felton Scholarship in the Department of Theatre Arts, has written scripts produced by the NewGate Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, the Samuel French Festival and at theatres in New York, Los Angeles and Providence. His short film, "Starring Laura Silver," premiered at the 2005 Maine International Film Festival.

Admission will be $6 ($4 for students) at the door.

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

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