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June 17, 2011

Iowa Summer Rep 2011 stages evergreen musical 'I Do! I Do!'

Iowa Summer Rep 2011,'About My Family,' will stage the evergreen two-person musical "I Do! I Do!" at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. July 2, 6, 8-10, 12-13, 17, 19, 20 and 24, and at 2 p.m. July 3.

"I Do! I Do!" -- created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the same team responsible for "The Fantasticks" -- has been so popular that last year 43 Minnesota couples got married or renewed their vows at a mass ceremony during a production of the show. This production, directed by Nathan Halvorson, features Actors' Equity member Kristen Behrendt, back for her fifth season in Iowa Summer Rep, and UI Master of Fine Arts graduate student John William Watkins, who has been featured in "Urinetown" and numerous other University Theatres productions.

"This musical somehow conjures up an enthusiasm for the institution of marriage and for the deeper commitment of partnership that it implies," says Iowa Summer Rep Artistic Director Eric Forsythe, a faculty member in the UI Department of Theatre Arts. "Can all such unions survive? Well, no, statistics prove otherwise. But this musical inspires us with how some can: with humor, love, respect, hard-work and determination, faith in each other and the future. To me, that's family values."

The story spans a half century, from 1895 to 1945, as Agnes and Michael Snow share joys and cope with problems. Mary Martin and Robert Preston were the original couple when the show opened on Broadway in 1966, and they were replaced later in the run by Carol Lawrence and Gordon MacRae. Carol Burnett and Rock Hudson starred in a national tour, and a TV adaptation featured Lee Remick and Hal Linden. Singer Ed Ames scored a popular hit with a recording of "My Cup Runneth Over," one of the songs from the show.

Halvorson, a UI graduate student in directing, has worked at the Lincoln Center Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, Circle in the Square, Expanded Arts, the SAGE Theatre Company, the NY International Fringe Festival, the Mint Theatre, Theatreworks, the Carousel Music Theatre and many other venues. He was a founding member and artistic director of The Key Theatre, an off-off Broadway company in New York City. He spent five years as the resident director at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, Maine, and has accepted an interim artistic director position there through January 2012. He is a member of Actors' Equity and the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab.

Other artistic contributors to the Iowa Sumer Rep production of "I Do! I Do!" include music director Jason Sifford, scene designer Edward Matthew Walter, costume designer Jenny Nutting Kelchen and lighting designer Paul Collins.

Tickets are now on sale from the Hancher box office in the Old Capitol Centre. Hancher Box Office summer business hours, for walk-up and phone sales, are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Any remaining tickets for each performance will be one sale one hour before curtain time at the Theatre Building box office.

Other productions in the "About My Family" summer are Pulitzer Prize winners "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" by Paul Zindel and Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers."

Individual tickets are $26, $23 for senior citizen, $13 for youth and $5 for UI student with a valid UI ID. A season package -- including a ticket to each of the plays -- is available for a discount of 20 percent.

The 2011 theme-based repertory is a departure from the single-playwright-festival that has been a Summer Rep tradition since 1984. In 2000 Iowa Summer Rep became an Actor's Equity Company, elevating its status as a professional theater company.

For additional information about each of the productions, and the Iowa Summer Rep tradition in the Department of Theatre Arts, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~theatre/season/summer-rep.htm.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Iowa Summer Rep is sponsored, in part, by the UI Office of Summer Session.

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