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Sept. 30, 2004

UI Gallery Series Presents 'Desert Pepper' Murder Monologues, Oct. 7-10

The Gallery series in the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present "Desert Pepper," which undergraduate playwright Arlen Lawson describes as a "strange, brutal, serio-comedy of improbable horror," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 7-9, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

In "Desert Pepper," three murderers describe their dark personal histories in direct-address narrative monologues.

Lawson says, "It is my fondest hope that those in attendance will spend the rest of their evening putting together pieces of the puzzle and growing increasingly disturbed and delighted."

The student production team includes director Jaret Morlan, scenic designers Stephen Ptacek and Leslie Donovan, sound designer Chris Sobbing, costume designer Nicole Schrader and lighting designer Scott Needham.

Admission will be $6 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth). Tickets will go on sale at the door one hour before curtain time.

This production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the department in advance -- 319-335-2700 -- for additional information.

University Theatres Gallery is a series of productions written by students, and/or staged by student directors.

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,

OTHER INFORMATION: The playwright can be reached at

PHOTOS are available at or