CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 3, 1999
UI, Riverside Theatre plan 'Shakespeare Slam' with
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University Theatres and Hancher
Auditorium at the University of Iowa and Riverside Theatre in Iowa City are
joining forces to sponsor a "Shakespeare Slam" in conjunction with productions
of three of the Bard's plays this spring and summer. The competition will
be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at the Mill Restaurant in downtown Iowa City.
Entrants, who may be individuals or groups, must register
for the "Shakespeare Slam" by Jan. 27. Some 20 competitors will be selected
at random from all entrants and notified on Feb. 1.
For registration materials, contact Tim Meier at Hancher
Auditorium, 319-335-1130. On-line registration is possible at http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher.
Poetry slams have become popular events throughout
the country. "Shakespeare Slam: Sonnets, Songs, Soliloquies" will be a lyrical
joust, pitting entrant against entrant in good-natured competition. Entrants
will choose sonnets, songs or soliloquies by Shakespeare, seeking to impress
both the judges and the audience with the vitality and originality of their
performances. Ties will be broken by audience applause.
Hancher Auditorium will present the Guthrie Theatre
production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- with corporate sponsorship by
Prairie Lights and the Java House -- March 3-4; University Theatres will stage
"The Tempest" April 6-16 in the UI Theatre Building; and Riverside Theatre
will present "Twelfth Night" as the inaugural production of the Riverside
Shakespeare Festival June 8-18 in Iowa City's City Park.
Tickets for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest"
are now on sale through the Hancher box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30
p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. From the local calling area dial
335-1160. Long distance outside the Iowa City area is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills,
and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered
by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking,
wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The
line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that
The box office will be closed Dec. 19-26 and Jan.
1-17 for UI winter break.
For UI arts news and information, and arts calendar
updates, visit the ArtsIowa website, www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr