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July 5, 2005

Iowa Summer Rep Presents Reading Of 'Shakespeare In Hollywood' July 17

Iowa Summer Rep 2005 will present a staged reading of Ken Ludwig's "Shakespeare in Hollywood" at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. The audience will be invited to remain after the reading for a discussion of the plays in Iowa Summer Rep.

The fast-paced, play-within-a-play-within-a-movie comedy was inspired by the attempts of the 1930s film industry to raise its prestige by producing "talkies" of the Bard's plays -- in this case, "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The reading, directed by William Barbour, is of a play Ludwig considers still in development. "Shakespeare in Hollywood is about the oil and vinegar worlds of theatre and film. As much as Ludwig loves to poke fun at the theatre and its heritage, wait until you see how he takes apart the film industry! Come see the reading and, if you like, stay and talk with us about the season as a whole. It's a great chance to meet some of the people who have brought you this season, and to talk about what you've seen this year. "

Iowa Summer Rep, the professional Actors Equity company organized by the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, has carved out a unique niche among professional summer companies during the last two decades by making each season a festival of plays by a single contemporary playwright.

Summer Rep is a U/RTA (University/Resident Theatre Association) company employing Equity actors and stage managers, as well as students who earn points toward their Actors Equity card.

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

Iowa Summer Rep 2005 is supported by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

All tickets for "Shakespeare in Hollywood" are $5 and are now on sale through the Hancher Auditorium box office.

Hancher Auditorium box office summer business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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.

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