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Local celebrity readers put on ag play


The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, and Co-Sponsors Iowa State University Blackhawk County Agricultural Extension Office, KWWL, and Mix 96.1/1650 The Fan, are proud to present, Farmscape, a star-studded live performance on the Hearst Center's Mae Latta Hall Stage, Saturday, March 7th at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Farmscape is an original play written and directed by, Mary Swander, Iowa State University Professor of English, together with graduate students from ISU. This Reader's Theatre docu-drama is based on interviews with a dozen Iowa citizens, who provided monologues that have been woven together to create a dynamic conversation about the agricultural landscape. Farmscape has been performed extensively throughout the state, and at the International Art and Agricultural Festival in Chicago, on May 10, 2008.


High profile readers from around the Cedar Valley will take on the personalities of grain and hog farmers, bed and breakfast owners, a winery owner and an organic vegetable farmer. The actors read from scripts based on interviews with the individuals they portray, combining monologues to form a group conversation. Celebrity Readers include: Tara Thomas, KWWL News Co-Anchor, Melody Parker, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier Editor and Master Gardener, Jim Coloff from Mix 96.1/1650 The Fan, General Manager and Mix 96.1 Morning Show Host, Brent Hansen, Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy Owner/Operator, Jim O'Loughlin, UNI professor of English, Al Ricks, ISU Blackhawk County Agricultural Extension Director, Grant Tracey, PhD. of English UNI, Kamyar Enshayan, Cedar Falls City Council Member and Director of the UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education, and Liane Nichols, Artistic Coordinator, Cedar Falls Community Theatre. Farmscape will also feature local wine tasting from Iowa's Vineyards & Wineries. Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy is providing cheese for tasting from their local Hudson dairy farm. Call the Hearst Center at (319)-273-8641 for reservations, or buy tickets at the door: $10 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. Join the Hearst Center for the Arts and Co-Sponsors ISU Blackhawk County Agricultural Extension, KWWL, and Mix 96.1/1650 The Fan, on Saturday, March 7th at 7:00 pm for Farmscape a Reader's Theater, highlighting our rich agricultural heritage. The James & Meryl Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 West Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls.

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