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Playwright Aspengren presents work July 11 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The work of nationally known playwright Kate Aspengren will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University of Iowa Main Library during a specially scheduled reading for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Aspengren, whose plays "Dear Mrs. Martin," "Mother's Day," and "House of Wonders," have been produced throughout the United States, will act as host for the reading. Actors will read from scripts, presenting scenes and dialogues for the audience.

Aspengren, a graduate of the UI Playwrights' Workshop, has taught playwriting at the UI, and the Iowa Governor's Institute, a program for outstanding junior high school children administered by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development of the UI College of Education.

She also has been writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook in Langley, Wash.

During the Summer Writing Festival, Aspengren is teaching a weekend workshop on writing stage dialogue, July 12-13; a weekend workshop on character development in playwriting, July 19-20; and a one-week workshop on writing one-person plays, July 20-25.

The Festival, which has grown from nine classes in 1987 to 128 workshops this year, annually attracts more than 1,000 people from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Participants take weekend and week-long classes under the direction of established writers, learning to hone their skills and explore new ideas in writing.

Nationally known authors, including many with UI and Iowa connections, are featured among the program's 62 teachers.

Registration and fees are required to participate in writing workshops. For more information about registering, call (319) 335-2534. Information is also available at the program's world wide web site,