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Oct. 1, 2004

'Global Express' Stages Plays, Poems By IWP Writers

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and the UI International Writing Program (IWP) present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of poems, short stories and plays by current participants in the IWP, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

The free production is directed by playwright Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the Department of Theatre Arts.

The performances -- each of which will be 10 minutes long, or less -- will feature:

-- a poem by Aazam Abidov from Uzbekistan;

-- a play by Zdenka Becker from Austria;

-- a stage adaptation of a short story by Sammy Oke Akombi from Cameroon;

-- a play written by Maxim Kurochkin from Russia;

-- a poem by Christopher Matthews from Ireland;

-- a play by Vivienne Plumb from New Zealand;

-- a play by Jean-Marie V. Rurangwa from Rwanda;

-- the staging of a screenplay by Alexis Stamatis from Greece;

-- a play adapted from a short story by Tang Ying from China;

-- a play by Natalya Vorozhbit from Russia; and

-- a play by Xian Zhang from China

In addition, "Global Express" will present a collaborative fairy tale written by IWP playwrights and directed by Lisa DiFranza, a director and teacher at the Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine. IWP playwrights travel to Maine each fall for readings of their works during their UI residency.

"Global Express" has become an annual opportunity for playwrights in the IWP to present their work and for non-playwrights to stage their writing in a theatrical format.

This season's "Global Express" offerings will be read by actors from the Department of Theatre Arts and the Iowa City community with dramaturgical help from the theater department.

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

Thirty-nine writers, representing 28 countries, are in residence at the University of Iowa during the first three months of the academic year as participants in the IWP. The IWP is a unique residency program that each year promotes international understanding by assembling a "United Nations of writing" at the UI. Over the years, more than a thousand writers from nearly 120 countries have completed residencies in the program.

Read the biographies of all the 2004 IWP participants at <>.

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