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Feb. 10, 2006

UI Gallery Production Portrays The Clash Of Life And Art Feb. 23-25

The University Theatres Gallery series will present "A Flickering" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Melissa Leilani Larson at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Larson's play is set in 1916 New York City, where a young woman is trying to break into the man's world of the silent movie industry while her best friend is on her way to a theatrical acting career. Controversy fuels the runaway success of her first film, which comes at the expense of her friend's reputation -- and their relationship.

"The work of an artist, in any medium, bleeds into their personal life; it can't be helped," Larson explains. "Sacrifices are made, sometimes painful ones. In this play lives are changed by the making and showing of a single film; that's a situation that I think we, as a modern audience, often take for granted."

The production's artistic staff includes director Jessica Dart, lighting designer Mary Weber, scenic designer Cassandra Reardon and costume designer Lindsey Robinson. The Department of Theatre Arts faculty advisor for the project is Art Borecca.

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

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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