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(Click to Enlarge) UI Prof Alan MacVey and fellow Book Wings director Carol MacVey at a recent Book Wings production meeting.
(Click to Enlarge) UI Prof Alan MacVey and fellow Book Wings director Carol MacVey at a recent Book Wings production meeting.
Theatre fans, you’re in for a treat. In March 2014 Book Wings, the bilingual collaborative theatre program IWP launched in 2012 in partnership with the Moscow Art Theatre, will debut 12 new short plays commissioned from playwrights in Iraq, Russia, and the United States!  Actors, directors, production teams, and new media specialists on three continents will work together to link twin stages thousands of miles apart to present the plays, which will be live internet streamed. A live talk-back session at the end of the performance will give audience members and internet viewers a chance to ask questions of the playwrights, directors, and performers.

(Click to Enlarge): Book Wings Russia 2014 features plays by IWP alumna Ksenia Dragunskaya and American novelist Anthony Marra.
(Click to Enlarge): Book Wings Russia 2014 features plays by IWP alumna Ksenia Dragunskaya and American novelist Anthony Marra.
There will be two performances of Book Wings this year:

Book Wings Iraq (in English and Arabic) on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, and:

Book Wings Russia (in English and Russian, in collaboration with the Moscow Art Theatre) on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.

IWP is actively forming partnerships with literary, arts, and educational institutions to host live stream viewing parties of the performance. Past hosts include Northwestern University, the University of Hawaii, the Women's Cultural Society (Kuwait), and many others. Are you interested in hosting a party? Let us know: we’ll help you produce a poster for your event and promote it on our website!

(Click to Enlarge) Book Wings production designer Bryon Winn (UI) discussing design needs with Iowa production staff.
(Click to Enlarge) Book Wings production designer Bryon Winn (UI) discussing design needs with Iowa production staff.
Book Wings is designed to bring together writers, actors, directors, and new media professionals in a virtual environment to foster cross-cultural conversation, spark new literary and dramatic ideas, and create an enduring body of work.  It’s made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Department of State and with the cooperation of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, the Virtual Writing University, Information Technology Services, and UITV.  Stay tuned for more on Book Wings and its featured authors in coming weeks.

Questions? Contact Book Wings Program Coordinator Ashley Davidson at ashley-r-davidson[at]uiowa.edu.

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