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Feb. 14, 2012

Photo caption: The Lincoln-Douglas debates come alive in the L.A. Theatre Works' production of The Rivalry. Photo by Matt Petit

Hancher presents L.A. Theatre Works The Rivalry Feb. 23 at The Englert Theatre

Some debates ring through history. L.A. Theatre Works brings the Lincoln-Douglas debates to life in the play The Rivalry. The University of Iowa's Hancher will present The Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at The Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City.

Written by Norman Corwin, The Rivalry contains dialogue taken from the original transcripts of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates, a pivotal moment in American history. The Rivalry highlights the competition between Lincoln and Douglas, as they tackle the most controversial issues of the time -- slavery and freedom. The Rivalry also brings to light the two men's willingness to put their differences aside for the good of the country. The play highlights issues of divisiveness and unity that are still alive in modern politics.

L.A. Theatre Works has been producing plays for more than 25 years. The majority of the organization's work is heard over the radio. A weekly public radio show is heard by 7 million listeners annually in more than 80 markets in the U.S. and is available on-demand, free of charge through L.A. Theatre Works' streaming site at In 2008, Hancher presented the company's production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.

Tickets for The Rivalry are $37-$42 for nonstudents, college student $37.80-$10, senior citizens $33.30-$37.80, and youth $18.50-$21 -- available from the Hancher Box Office. The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone, 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Englert Theatre.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0037,