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Nov. 19, 2004

New UI Graduate-Student Directors Present One-Acts Dec. 2-11

Graduate-student directors in the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present two programs of one-acts plays on consecutive weekends -- at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 -- in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The Dec. 2-4 program will be Elaine May's "The Hotline," directed by Kevin Harris, and Lanford Wilson's "Home Free!," directed by Sean Paul Bryan.

On Dec. 9-11 the program will be Madeline George's "The Most Massive Women Wins," directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, and Cindy Lou Johnson's "The Person I Once Was," directed by Scott Pardue.

"This is our new class of MFA directors; every three years, we select from dozens of applicants only four," said Alan MacVey, chair of the UI Department of Theatre Arts. "All of them have a great deal of directing, acting, administrative and even writing experience; they are truly an excellent group.

"I am confident that these productions will be first-rate. The pieces selected are established works featuring a mix of comedy and drama, all having considerable substance to them. Each evening will be short, yet packed with good work. Directing these pieces really launches these directors here at the University of Iowa."

The Elaine May comic classic "Hotline" tells the story of a friendly, kind-hearted suicide hotline operator facing his first night on the job. After a series of successful calls, he is confronted by his worst nightmare -- a neurotic, suicidal woman named Dorothy who is determined, no matter what he says, to kill herself.

In Lanford Wilson's "Home Free!" a playful couple lives in a carefully constructed fantasy world, separate from the ordinary responsibilities of life, until reality begins to seep through the fantasy.

Cindy Lou Johnson's "The Person I Once Was" tells the story of a girl increasingly impatient with the insulated life in her small Kentucky town, and how a chance meeting brings her both love and hope.

Madeleine George's "The Most Massive Woman Wins" is set in a liposuction clinic, where four women exchange stories and relive moments from their pasts.

Tickets are $6 (UI student, senior citizen, and youth $4). Tickets will be available at the door one hour before curtain time.

"Hotline" 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 -- 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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