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Sept. 25, 2007

Global Express puts international writers work on stage, Oct. 6

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and the UI International Writing Program (IWP) will present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the IWP, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The free production is organized and directed by playwright Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the theater department's Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Lisa DiFranza from the Portland State Company in Maine.

"Global Express," now in its seventh edition, has become an annual opportunity for playwrights in the IWP to present their work and for non-playwrights to have their writing staged in a theatrical format.

Biographies of all the IWP writers are accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Eiwp/WRIT/WRITmain.html. A description of the program and the 2007 residency period is accessible at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/august/080607iwp-anniversary.html.

The IWP introduces talented writers to American life; enables them to take part in American university life; and provides them with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, more than 1,100 writers from more than 120 countries have attended the IWP, including Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk from Turkey.

This fall the IWP is hosting writers from more than 30 countries through November, including the program's first participants from Malta and Montenegro. The schedule will provide many opportunities for the public to meet and interact with the writers in social events, formal and informal readings, lectures, performances, film screenings and panel discussions.

The evolving calendar of events is accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa and on the IWP site. These calendars will be updated regularly as new events are added.

The Department of Theatre Arts is part 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, go to http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/acr-news.html, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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