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Sept. 26, 2003

UI Student Production Re-Imagines 'Trojan Women'

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Trojan Women Retold" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the David Thayer Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

This new adaptation is based on Charles Mee's theatrical collage, "Trojan Women: A Love Story," which was loosely based on Euripides classical Greek anti-war tragedy, "The Trojan Women."

"Trojan Women Retold" adds Billie Holliday and two soldiers from the U.S. Special Forces to the cast to create a modern tragedy of love and revenge.

"The 'Aeneid,' modern wars, Bollywood, musical numbers, the Kama Sutra and etiquette lessons make 'Trojan Women Retold' the history lesson that was never written and the hottest tragic love story you've ever seen," says director William Barbour, who conceived the production with Evan Mazunik. "In fact, if the love story ended any differently it would not be a true love story."

The text re-collage was assembled by Michael Anderson and Barbour, and original music was composed by Mazunik and Andy Struck-Marcell.

The University Theatres Gallery series features student productions in the UI Department of Theatre Arts, including new scripts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Admission is $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door. Tickets go on sale one hour before each performance.

This work contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,