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Sept. 23, 2005

In UI Gallery Production, Disembodied Voice Urges Man To Rewrite The Bible

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Abraham (I Am an Island)" by University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Sam Hunter at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 6-8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the David Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building.

"'Abraham (I am an Island)' is a development of my play 'Abraham (A Shot in the Head),' which ran at New York's Ontological-Hysteric Theater last year and received a reading at the Iowa New Play Festival in May," Hunter explained. "I am both thrilled to have Willie Barbour at the helm of this project, and to have my brother Ben Hunter return as musical composer."

In "Abraham," a late-'80s megastore worker in Boise, Idaho, suffers a schizophrenic break and migrates north at the direction of a disembodied female voice that urges him to rewrite the Bible. And that's just the beginning.

Hunter, a second-year student in the Master of Fine Arts program, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from New York University. He is originally from Idaho.

The production also features costume design by Lindsey Robinson, set design by director William Barbour, and lighting design by Karl Alphonso.

Admission is $6; UI student, senior citizen and youth $4. Tickets will be available at the door, one hour before each performance.

The production includes material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether the play 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.

The Gallery series presents productions primarily by student playwrights and directors.

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