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Release: Aug. 18, 2000
Theatres' Mainstage offers discounted season subscriptions
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Season subscriptions are now available
for the Mainstage productions of University Theatres, the production arm of
the University of Iowa department of theatre arts in the new UI Division of
Performing Arts. Three-play and five-play season packages offer discounts
of 20 percent, compared to the prices of single tickets.
The productions in the Mainstage season will be: "Marat/Sade"
by Peter Weiss, Oct. 12-29; the world premiere of "When the Angels of Heaven
Saw the Daughters of Man" by Eric Ehn and artists of RAT, Nov. 2-12; the Midwest
premiere of "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" by Naomi Iizuka, Feb. 1-11; "Strange
Attractors" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student David Adjmi,
Feb. 22 through March 4; and Moliere's "The Learned Ladies," March 29 through
A free season brochure, with details about each production,
is available from the Hancher Auditorium box office or the department of theatre
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance 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. Brochures may be requested by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
People with special needs 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 technology.
"As one of the foremost academic theaters in the country,
we're committed to presenting the best of the classics, as well as the latest
works," says faculty member Eric Forsythe, director of theater for the department
of theatre arts. "What sets this season apart is its sheer theatrical verve.
It's a year of fireworks."
"Marat/Sade," one of the most influential plays of
the 1960s, combines drama, comedy and music to explore the relationship between
revolution and madness. The full title of "Marat/Sade" is "The Persecution
and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum
of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade," for it is a most
unusual play-within-a-play. In the bath hall of a French asylum the imprisoned
Marquis de Sade leads mental patients and political prisoners in a theatrical
retelling of the murder of the French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat.
The French gentry audience can only wonder: Will the violence and madness
contained on the stage? "Marat/Sade" captured both the
New York Critics' Circle and Tony awards for best play of 1966.
Last winter the UI department of theatre arts hosted
the RAT Conference, an ad-hoc gathering of out-of-the-mainstream theater companies
and artists from around the globe -- artists who live on the edge, scramble
together an existence, and take chances. One of the prime movers in developing
the RAT idea was Erik Ehn, a visiting faculty member at the UI. Ehn will be
joined by artists from the United States and the former Yugoslavia to create
"When the Angels of Heaven," a theatrical meditation on the Genesis account
of mankind's early history.
Iizuka came to the UI as a visiting faculty member
last season. In her offbeat comedy "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls," her characters
search for connection and family in an exotic, unpredictable and chaotic world.
"Strange Attractors" was premiered last spring in
the Iowa Playwrights Festival. Starting with the themes and structures of
Ibsen's "A Doll's House," Adjmi's play morphs wildly into a zany, terrifying
play on love sex, and morality in the 21st century.
Considered one of the greatest writers of comedies
of all time, Moliere spent his career poking fun at anyone he felt had it
coming, including doctors, lawyers, and the bourgeoisie. In this 17th century
Parisian household, Moliere pits Philaminte, who insists that her two daughters
be educated in the finer things in life, against Chrysale, her husband, who
believes his daughters only need to know how to be good cooks, raise children,
and take care of the household expenses. Of course, their two daughters have
romantic ideas of their own.
Three-play packages are $36 ($18 for UI students,
senior citizens and youth), and five-play packages are $60 ($28 for UI students,
senior citizens and youth).
Individual tickets will go on sale Sept. 15 at the
Hancher box office. Single ticket prices for each production will be $15 ($7
for UI students, senior citizens and youth).
For UI arts information, visit this new address --
www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by
e-mail, contact <email@example.com>.