WRITER: NATALIE ALLEN
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Release: March 16, 2001
Museum of Art will present a satirical theater piece by Maggie Conroy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present "The
Short History of a Colonial Dame," a theater piece written and performed
by Maggie Conroy, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30 in the museum. The performance
is free and open to the public.
"The Short History of a Colonial Dame" is a satirical piece that
encompasses important topics and issues in life, including the role death
"Short History of a Colonial Dame is an on-going
journal," Conroy said. "I keep piling information on, adding and
subtracting. The objects in the piece take on a symbolic life of their own,
especially the pictures and frames at the end."
The intimate concert performance takes place on a 4 x 6 Oriental
rug. Conroy uses props throughout the piece that create a symbolic map through
history. Among these are the pictures of her family that appear at the end.
An old "How to speak French" record was the stimulus for the entire
work, and Conroy works it into the piece as well.
Conroys travels and experience with the rituals of New Englands
upper crust also appear as topics in the play.
"I was born in New Jersey, but then I kept moving, following my father
in his work. I grew up in Brazil, Columbia, Montreal, London, Australia. This
is a memoir of my life and travels."
The piece is also about the death of Conroys father and how she deals
with her loss.
"I was 21 when my father died," Conroy said. "It was an enormous,
crushing blow, but you have to continue on."
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the
University of Iowa Foundation. Programs and exhibitions at the Museum of Art
are supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
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The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is
open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. Public metered parking
is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive
and just north of the museum.