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Release: March 22, 2001

David Gonzalez punctuates 3 1/2-week Iowa residency with 'Mytholojazz' in Hancher

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Storyteller David Gonzalez, in the midst of a nearly month-long University of Iowa educational residency, will perform his acclaimed Broadway production, "Mytholojazz," at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in Hancher Auditorium.

With the D.D. Jackson Trio providing the jazz, Gonzalez tells two stories in "Mytholojazz" -- the classical Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the folk tale of Delgadina, a little village girl whose kindness to a little red snake is rewarded.

A New York Times review of the production on Broadway explained, "this altogether enchanting performance, at times eerie, at times funny, at times heart-wrenching, always riveting, rides not only on Mr. Gonzalez’s expressive face, nimble feet and hands that sculpture air, but also on the sophisticated propulsive jazz of the D.D. Jackson Trio."

The Gonzalez residency, part of the Arts Across the Curriculum project organized by Hancher and the UI Arts Share program, will include activities in a dozen area schools, as well as a Hancher Stage Door performance for school groups on April 23 and a statewide interactive event on April 24, involving schools throughout the state on the Iowa Communication Network (ICN).

Gonzalez will work with students at Roosevelt Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary in Iowa City; Hoover Elementary and West Branch Middle School in West Branch; McKinley Middle School and Johnson School of Arts in Cedar Rapids; Mt. Vernon Elementary and Middle School; Columbus Junction Elementary and Middle School; Wellman Elementary; and Mid-Prairie Middle School in Kalona.

Free community events, featuring the local children with whom Gonzalez has worked, will be presented at:

-- 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at West Branch Middle School;

-- 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids;

-- 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Roosevelt Elementary in Iowa City;

-- 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Horace Mann Elementary in Iowa City;

-- 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Mt. Vernon High School;

-- 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Columbus Junction Middle School;

-- 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Johnson School of the Arts in Cedar Rapids; and

-- 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman.

For additional information about the residency activities contact Emily Hansen at Hancher, 319-335-1130.

The host of the award-winning "New York Kids" radio show, Gonzalez is part storyteller, part musician, part educator, part Broadway star and part musical therapist. He has been featured at Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the Royal National Theater in London.

A New York Times review began, "As long as David Gonzalez is around, the venerable and very fine art of storytelling is in safe hands . . . With speech, sound, mime, dance and, above all, inspired imagination, Mr. Gonzalez has the gift of creating magical worlds and drawing his audience into them."

Gonzalez holds a doctorate in music therapy and is a faculty member at New York University, but his interest in storytelling began as a child, when his uncle built a puppet theater for him. His professional career has brought him before more than 1,500 audiences.

The David Gonzalez Hancher performance is supported by Alliant Energy Foundation and Hills Bank and Trust Company, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Sponsors of the Arts Across the Curriculum Project are Alliant Energy Foundation, Dain Rauscher, the DeMuth Family Foundation, Homer E. and Genevieve B. Dudley, Phyllis Fleming, M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Doug Hanson and Sue Deibner, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Scott A. and Jan. A. Johnson, Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, and Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson.

Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes more than 70 faculty members, ensembles, and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

Tickets for "Mytholojazz" are $20, $16.50 and $13.50. UI students qualify for a 20-percent discount on Zone 1 tickets, and may purchase Zone 2 and 3 tickets for $10. Senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount on all tickets, and tickets for children 17 and younger are half price.

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 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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <>.

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 technology.

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