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April 28, 2010

Hancher presents mask master Michael Cooper as part of 'Spot' series May 9

cooperMichael Cooper is a master of masks, storytelling and mime. The University of Iowa's Hancher will present Cooper's show, “Masked Marvels & Wondertales,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9. The Mother's Day performance, which is part of Spot — The Hancher Family Arts Adventure, will be held in Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building.

Cooper has studied with legendary masters of mime, and he also designs and crafts exquisite masks that are an essential component of his storytelling. Committed to the idea that creativity is every child's birthright, Cooper is skilled at engaging young people in both workshops and through his performances.

cooperAs the 2010 Spot artist, Cooper will participate in residency activities in and around Corning, Iowa, before coming to Iowa City for a multi-day visit that will culminate in his May 9 performance.

The annual Spot community is selected via a competitive grant process. The Adams Community Economic Development Corporation submitted the successful application for 2010. The group is collaborating with the Corning Center for the Fine Arts, the Corning Community Schools, Prescott Community School and the Adams County Free Press to present Cooper in the community May 3 through 5.

Corning joins former Spot communities Spencer, Marshalltown, Perry and Algona.

Following his residency in Corning, Cooper will participate in a similar residency in Iowa City. On Thursday, May 6, he'll lead a movement workshop for acting students in the UI Theatre Department. On Friday, May 7, he'll lead two mask-making workshops for students at Roosevelt Elementary School. Then on Saturday, May 8, he'll lead a mime workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the gym at the Iowa City Recreation Center. The mime workshop, which will be hosted by the Young Footliters, is free and open to the public.

The performance and residency are supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the UI Foundation. Spot — The Hancher Family Arts Adventure is made possible by an endowment generated by funds from the Wallace Foundation and a number of Hancher donors. The endowment will fund the project in perpetuity.

Tickets for Cooper's May 9 performance are $25 for general public, $10 for college students; $22.50 for senior citizens, and $12.50 for youth from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center near the UI School of Music, is open for phone 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the UI Theatre Building.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,