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Release: Oct. 12, 2001

'Global Express' Will Present Plays, Monologues From Around World

The International Writing Program (IWP) and the University of Iowa department of theatre arts will present "Global Express," a selection of plays, monologues and music from around the world at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The event, directed by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate Maggie Conroy, will be free and open to the public.

The performance will feature writing by four writers, currently in residence at the UI with the IWP: Victor Aladji from Togo, Rocco Carbone of Italy, Andrey Bychkov of Russia and Aida Nasrallah from Israel. The performers will include theater faculty member Tisch Jones, actors from the department of theatre arts and IWP writer Rehman Rashid from Malaysia.

Thirty writers representing 24 countries are now in residence at the IWP through Nov. 20. The IWP was the first international writers residency at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Like most IWP residency groups, the 2001 community is a mix of poets, fiction writers, screenwriters, playwrights, journalists, essayists and critics. Many of the IWP writers will travel from Iowa City to present lectures, symposia and readings at other campuses in Iowa and throughout the country, and to visit places of cultural or historical interest.

The IWP is staffed and housed by the University of Iowa. IWP writers have been financed by the United States State Department, through bilateral agreements with numerous countries; by grants given by cultural institutions and governments abroad; and by private funds that are donated by a variety of American corporations, foundations and individuals.

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The department of theatre arts is a unit of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.