U. of Iowa Links with Chinese, Russian Theaters


The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will link with the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Moscow Art Theatre for collaborative theatre performances on Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 14.

Moscow Art Theatre

Through UI’s Book Wings Project-using the latest videoconferencing technology-theatre arts professionals and new media specialists will bring together actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturges, and stages to produce two unified performances known as Book Wings China and Book Wings Russia. Working in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts, the Virtual Writing University, Information Technology Services, and UITV, the literary and theatrical events will connect stages 5,000 (Moscow) and 7,000 (Shanghai) miles apart.

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Building on the success of the Book Wings model for collaborative, digitally connected theatre pioneered in 2012 by IWP and the Moscow Art Theatre, Book Wings 2013 commissioned 10-minute plays from 12 distinguished young playwrights-six English-language, three Chinese, and three Russian-who collaborated with translators to refine translations of their counterparts’ work for the stage. Student actors in Iowa City, Moscow, and Shanghai will perform the plays.

Book Wings China will be held at 9 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 12, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center; Book Wings Russia will be held at 10 a.m. CST Thursday, March 14, in Theatre B and the Moscow Art Theatre. Both performances are free, open to the public, bilingual (translation provided), and accessible worldwide via live Internet stream at www.writinguniversity.org.