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Release: Feb. 20, 2001
Iowa Summer Rep announces 2001 playwright, sets March 3 auditions for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa Summer Rep, the professional theater company of
the University of Iowa department of theatre arts, has selected prolific Canadian
comic playwright George F. Walker as its featured playwright of the 2001 season.
Each summer the company stages a festival of plays by a single contemporary
Public auditions for the 2001 Iowa Summer Rep company will be from10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the UI Theatre Building. Men and women of all
ages are invited to audition. Auditioners should prepare one brief contemporary
monologue and may be asked to read from a script. To reserve an audition time
and receive additional information, call the theatre arts department at (319)
The 2001 Iowa Summer Rep season will feature Walkers "Escape
From Happiness," directed by UI theater faculty member John Cameron,
June 21-July 12; "Risk Everything," directed by Iowa Summer Rep
Artistic Director Eric Forsythe, June 28-July 22; and "Zastrozzi: The
Master of Discipline" directed by Michael Sokoloff, July 5-7, 13 &
Forsythe says: "George F. Walker is not a household name in the United
States, unlike many of the playwrights weve worked with over the years.
Hes as celebrated in Canada as Neil Simon is here, and just as prolific.
Hes simply a great playwright Im proud to produce -- and, oh,
Walker is one of Canadas most widely produced playwrights, and his
scripts have been translated into more than a half-dozen languages. In Canada
he is well known to TV and radio audiences as well as theatergoers: His work
for television includes the series "Due South" and "The Newsroom,"
and the made-for-TV movies "Salvation" and "Filthy Rich,"
and he has written several scripts for the CBCs "Sunday Showcase"
Among his many honors in Canada are the Governor Generals Awards for
Drama for "Nothing Sacred" and "Criminals in Love"; the
Chalmers Canadian Play Award six times; and three Outstanding Play Awards
in the DORA Awards.
Walkers recognition has not been limited to Canada. He spent a year
as playwright-in-residence at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Los
Angeles Times proclaimed his "Nothing Sacred" its "play of
A Chicago Sun-Times review declared, "No other living playwright pushes
the boundaries of comedy as far, with often stunning results." A Village
Voice review described his work as "black comedy with a depth of character
that ravishes," and a review in the Washington Post said Walker creates
a world "where humor and horror waltz drunkenly around in each others
For many seasons Iowa Summer Rep has pursued a unique focus in American
summer theater with its single-playwright festivals, but two seasons ago Iowa
Summer Rep also became an Actors Equity Company, elevating its status
as a professional theater company.
The department of theatre arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts
in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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