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Oct. 27, 2006

University Theatres Gallery Series Presents 'The Exhibitionists' Nov. 9-12

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "The Exhibitionists," a chilling satire written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Michael Hayden and directed by Kevin Harris, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Hayden's subject is the darker side of sexual obsession, and his setting is a 2007 New Year's Eve party at an upscale Manhattan apartment.

The apartment is owned by Walter, an aspiring filmmaker and socialite whose need for success dominates the world around him. The party serves a second purpose for Walter, who desperately wants to woo the talent of Blithe Stargazer, a British pop-star and counter-culture celebrity.

Regina, Walter's wife, is in therapy for depression. Her brother George returns to New York on the night of the party, having been in a monastery for five years, and seeks to save his sister from her psychological pain though spiritual enlightenment.

But when Blithe Stargazer arrives, the guests find themselves at the mercy of authentic celebrity power. Walter turns his camera into a weapon. Sexual darkness and unconscious truth push through the surface of each character and drive the play to its shocking conclusion.

Harris, a graduate student in directing, will direct Strindberg's "Autumn Sonata" later this season on the University Theatres Mainstage season.

The production of "The Exhibitionists" includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.

Tickets are $6 ($4 for UI students) and will be available at the door one hour before curtain time. For more information please visit

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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