IU Theatre presents two full productions of brand new plays by current MFA playwrighting candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2015

Bloomington, Ind – Since 2011, Indiana University has recruited one MFA playwriting candidate per year, committing to support the development of that writer over a three-year period and, crucially, to produce their work in IU Theatre’s mainstage season. For the third consecutive year, At First Sight – IU’s festival of new plays – will present two fully produced works in repertory.

This year’s plays – Sing To Me Now, by Iris Dauterman, and American Asteroid, by Mauricio Miranda – provide a unique chance for IU theater-goers to experience two emerging voices in American theater.

Dauterman.iris3rd year M.F.A playwright Iris Dauterman hails from Northern California. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, and later had her plays produced in the Berkshire Fringe Festival. Dauterman’s work explores the intersection of trauma and feminism; her plays feature groups of female characters brought together by collective pain, in search of healing and new identities. Her first IU Theatre production, Trigger Warning, featured a strong ensemble cast of women confronting rape culture in Bloomington.

Dauterman’s new work, Sing To Me Now, creates a playful theatrical landscape, where Calliope – the Greek muse of epic poetry – works long hours in a lonely ethereal office. When she decides to hire a human intern to help with the workload, she unintentionally sets off a chain of events that leads them both to the precipice of Hades.

Miranda2rd year M.F.A playwright Mauricio Miranda makes his IU Theatre main stage debut this season. Miranda grew up in Peru, only learning English fluently after immigrating to the United States on an athletic scholarship. He later pursued acting in New York, along with an M.A. in religious studies. His plays challenge popular conceptions of American identity, presenting a violent collision of power, race, and desperation.

In American Asteroid a young petty criminal attempts to save his sister – and himself – from his father’s rage and depravity. The father, a retired cop, is hell bent on maintaining dominance over his children – and the encroaching Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.

Third year MFA directing candidate, Rob Heller, directs Sing To Me Now, after directing The Art of Bowing, and Cloud 9 at IU. Henry Woronicz – Visiting Professor of Acting – directs American Asteroid. Woronicz joined IU Theatre as a guest artist in last season’s King Lear and recently starred in the critically acclaimed Red at Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis.

WHAT: At First Sight, a repertory of new plays, by Iris Dauterman and Mauricio Miranda

WHEN: March 27 – April 4
Sing To Me Now: March 27, 31, April 2, 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
American Asteroid: March 28, April 1, 3 @ 7:30 and April 4 @ 2 p.m.

WHERE: Wells-Metz Theatre, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. For group sales, ask for Stacy Brown.

For more information or interviews, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu

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