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Jan. 30, 2007

UI 10-Minute Play Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary Feb. 8-11

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 10-Minute Play Festival Feb. 8-11 with two events: "8 X 10," a production of eight new short plays by undergraduate playwrights; and "Take 10," a "playwalk" featuring some of the best works from past festivals performed at sites in downtown Iowa City.

The 10-Minute Play Festival was invented by faculty member Kate Aspengren, a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, to provide students in her undergraduate playwriting class with an opportunity to learn from having their work produced.

The performances of "8 X 10" will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building. The production will present "The Glens" by Lathan Ehlers, "A Brief Argument of Time" by Kyle Harpole, "Baggage Claim" by Leslie Koppenhaver, "Diamond Dogs" by Josh Eklow, "Passover With the Stars" by Alisa Rosenthal, "Everything" by Nick Nedza, "The Bond They Shared" by David Pinsof and "Warming Hearts" by Joel Jensen

"Take 10" will take place 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, with free performances in the following locations:

Chait Gallery:

"Licking Pollock" by Toni Wilson at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

"Yellow Marrow" by Paul Rust at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 p.m.

Java House

"Bagel Club" by Alisa Rosenthal at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

"Grass" by Eric Burchett at 2:20, 3:20, 4:20 p.m.

"CP I Love U" by Chris LaVoie at 2:40, 3:40 4:40 p.m.

Hotel Vetro

"Reflexes" by Ryan Greenlaw at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

"Broccoli" by Mandi Meilands at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 p.m.

M.C. Ginsberg

"Avalanche" by Sarah K. Greer at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

"Only Visiting" by Elise Free at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

The "Take 10" actors will include Rachael Lindhart, Maggie Conroy, Eric Forsythe, Jason Grubbe and Kristen Behrendt.

"It's a treat to revisit these nine plays from previous festivals," Aspengren says. "I'm particularly pleased at the collaborative nature of the readings. Our actors include students, alums, faculty and members of the community. It should be an exciting afternoon."

The anniversary celebration is co-sponsored by Heuer Publishing, a Cedar Rapids publishing company specializing in educational and community theatre publications. Many of the plays that have premiered at the 10-Minute Play Festival have been published by Heuer and are being produced nation-wide.

Admission to "8 X 10" will be $6 ($4 for students) at the door.

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

"Yellow Marrow" includes material of an adult nature. Potential audiences members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.

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