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July 6, 2007

Iowa Summer Rep Menu Concludes With July 18 Reading Of 'Opus'

Iowa Summer Rep's "Comédie du Jour" menu will be completed with a reading of "Opus," Michael Hollinger's latest play, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the David Thayer Theatre of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"Opus," which is opening this summer off-Broadway in New York, examines the entangled relationships of a world-renowned string quartet breaking in a new violist just five days before they must present a televised performance at the White House. Hollinger was a musician before he turned to theater, and holds a bachelor's degree in viola performance from the Oberlin Conservatory.

Jack Zink wrote in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, "Michael Hollinger did classical music one heckuva favor when he quit the viola for life as a playwright. He's given words to the music world that spin a buoyant yarn about the ménage a trios among the musicians, their egos and their instruments."

The reading is directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith, who is also the director of "Incorruptible" in this season's Hollinger festival.

Hailed as one of America's brightest new comic voices, celebrated for his razor-sharp wit and clever wordplay, Philadelphia-based Michael Hollinger is rapidly becoming one of the most successful and widely produced playwrights in this country and beyond. His plays have been produced in New York, in regional theatres around the country and throughout Europe. A production of "Opus" opens off-Broadway this summer.

In addition, he has written three short films and co-authored the feature-length "Philadelphia Diary" for PBS.

His growing list of honors and achievements ranges from the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays to the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Play.

Iowa Summer Rep is an 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.

Iowa Summer Rep 2007 is supported by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Tickets for "Opus" are $5 and may be purchased in advance from the Hancher Auditorium box office. Any remaining tickets will be available one hour before curtain time at the Theatre Building box office.

Tickets may be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at For phone or ticket-window purchases, the box office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. 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.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

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

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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