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Oct. 7, 2005

In Oct. 15 'Global Express,' IWP Writers' Work Is Presented On Stage

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts and the UI International Writing Program (IWP) will present "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the IWP, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the David Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building.

The free production is organized by playwright Maggie Conroy, an alumna of the theater department's Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

The readings -- each of which will be no more than 10 minutes long -- will feature poems, short stories and plays by Yvonne Adhiambo (Kenya), Ameena Hussein (Sri Lanka), Sandra Sodhy (Malaysia), Marjan Strojan (Slovenia), Mani Rao (Hong Kong), Edi Shukriu (Kosova), Nihad Sirees (Syria) and Kyoko Yoshida (Japan).

Through the IWP, writers from 28 countries will be members of the UI community through mid-November. Biographies and writing samples of all the writers are also accessible on the IWP site,

The "Global Express" performers will include Nicole Vespa, Derek Degeyter, Alex Elliott-Funk, Danielle Kareczewski, Julie Hughes, Kelsey Ford, Eric Forsythe from the Department of Theatre Arts; dance alumna Judith Moessner, director of marketing for the Division of Performing Arts; other UI talent including Joyce McKinley, Christophe Konkobo and Writers‚ Workshop faculty member Chris Offutt; and community members Lucas Salazar and Angie Hayes.

Directors for the individual performances are Conroy, well-known local actress Rachel Lindhart and Lisa DiFranza of the Portland Stage Company in Maine. IWP playwrights travel to Maine each fall for readings of their works during their UI residency.

"Global Express," now in its fifth edition, has become an annual opportunity for playwrights in the IWP to present their work and for non-playwrights to have their writing staged in a theatrical format.

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

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