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Jan. 25, 2008

UI Department of Theatre Arts hosts 10-minute play festival Feb. 7-10

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will present one of its most popular traditions, the 10-Minute Play Festival, Feb. 7-10 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. The performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

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

"It's a fast-paced evening that showcases a variety of styles and themes," Aspengren explains. "We've been fortunate to have established a relationship with Heuer Publishing. Many of the plays from past festivals have been published by Heuer and are now being produced throughout the country."

This festival's plays, selected from 55 submissions, will be:

--"PG" by Nat Gruca, directed by Josh Beadle.

--"The Language of Numbers" by Kyle Harpole, directed by Emily Larson.

--"The Bus Stop" by Sarah Helt, directed by Noah Parks.

--"The Intellectuals" by Everett Hirose, directed by Nicole Astell.

--"Tinman" by Sam Miller, directed by Brooke LeWarne.

--"Anastasia Aboard the Titanic" by Alisa Rosenthal, directed by Tim Grady.

--"Party of Three?" by Theresa Sherwood, directed by Alex Scott.

--"Anti-Depressants" by Jeff Weisman, directed by Branden Byers and Mary Vogel.

Admission to 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.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kate Aspengren, 319-335-2700,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),