CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 27, 2002
University Theatres Season Subscriptions Now Available At UI
Subscriptions for the 2002-2003 Mainstage season of University Theatres
at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts are now available through
the Hancher Auditorium box office.
The theater season is detailed in a UI Division of Performing Arts brochure
that went into the mail to UI music, theater and dance patrons on Aug. 26.
Copies of the brochure, which includes an order form for University Theatres,
the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, the UI Symphony and the Dance Company's
Dance Gala, is available from the box office or from the division's marketing
office at 319-335-3213 or email@example.com.
The Mainstage productions are:
"Life is a Dream" by Pedro Calderon, Oct. 17-27;
the premiere of "Klub Ka: A Blues Legend" by James V. Hatch,
Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," Feb. 13-23;
"Uncontrollable Mystery," a trio of short plays by W.B.
Yeats, Feb. 27 - March 9: and
"A Flea in Her Ear" by Georges Feydeau, in a new translation
by UI faculty member Eric Forsythe, April 10-19.
An imaginative romantic adventure from Spain's literary Golden Age, "Life
is a Dream" will use live Flamenco music in its telling of a story about
the confusion of reality and illusion.
UI alumnus James Hatch, an emeritus faculty member of New York's City College
and an Obie Award winner, has been one of the leading scholars of African-American
theater. His "Klub Ka" is a musical fantasy for adults: The production
follows the odyssey of a teen-age girl to the Egyptian underworld in search
of her muse. There she discovers Klub Ka, the home of all blues poets from
Homer to the present ("ka" means soul in Egyptian). As she converses
with the likes of Descartes and Keats she discovers how to confront her pain
and express her joy in the powerful poetry and music of the blues.
When "A Streetcar Named Desire" was first staged in 1947 -- a decade
after Williams graduated from the UI -- it created a firestorm of controversy
and also won the Pulitzer Prize. Critics called it immoral, decadent, vulgar
and sinful. Williams' steamy play follows the desperate and lost Blanche DuBois
as she seeks one last chance to recover her life as a genteel lady in the
home of her coarse brother-in-law, Stanley, and her sister Stella.
W.B. Yeats is known as one of the major English-language poets of the 20th
century, but he also wrote more than 30 short plays. The trio of plays in
"Uncontrollable Mystery" incorporate his vast knowledge of Irish
folklore and Gaelic language, and showcase his unique ability to use fantasy,
mysticism and the unknown as a way to examine and explain the human condition.
"A Flea in Her Ear" is classic farce of mix-ups and mayhem, given
contemporary zest by Forsythe's translation. When a husband who is not "performing"
is suspected of infidelity, his jealous wife turns to her best friend to help
her get proof of the affair. Together they devise a plot (of course), based
on a perfumed letter (naturally), to trap him at a hotel (where else?).
The University Theatres Mainstage season is available in discounted three-play
and five-play packages. The all-season, five-play package is $65 ($30 for
UI students, senior citizens and youth 17 and younger); and the three-play
package is $39 ($18 for UI students, senior citizens and youth).
Mainstage events are all available at a discount as part of a Division of
Performing Arts seven-event sampler package.
Single-ticket prices for Mainstage productions are $16. ($8 for UI Students,
senior citizens and youth).
Hancher Auditorium box office business 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. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology. The brochure order forms may be submitted by mail, fax
or in-person at the box office.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
On-line orders of three or five University Theatres Mainstage plays will automatically
be given the appropriate package discount.
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
For UI arts information, visit www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact email@example.com.