On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9am CST (5pm Baghdad time) the University of Iowa will link up with the University of Baghdad to present Book Wings<http://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/book-wings>, a live bilingual (Arabic/English) collaborative theatre project that uses the latest new media technologies to bring together actors, writers, directors, translators, and stage spaces 6,500 miles apart to produce one unified theatre experience, presenting 6 newly commissioned plays. The performance will be live-streamed (free and viewable by anyone with an internet connection), with a 20 minute talk-back session featuring participating playwrights, directors, and actors, immediately following the performance. Internet viewers are invited to Tweet comments and questions for the live talk-back using the hashtag #bookw.
More on the project, including full bios of the playwrights and summaries of the commissioned works, can be found at: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/book-wings/2014-Iraq
The bilingual performance will be viewable live on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9am CST (10am Eastern time) at: http://www.writinguniversity.org/page/book-wings-live-streaming
The March 11th performance will mark the debut of 6 new short plays commissioned by the University of Baghdad and the International Writing Program on the central theme of "Courage."
A PDF of the program, including the complete text of all 6 plays, in English and Arabic, will be made available free online by early March, for those wanting to familiarize themselves with the plays beforehand.
Long term, Book Wings aims to provide a model for leveraging technology to increase artistic collaboration internationally. As such, Book Wings is actively seeking arts institutions, theatres, literary organizations, high schools, colleges, and universities to host watch parties of the live internet stream. We would be happy to create a PDF poster for your event and promote it on social media if you would like: http://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/book-wings/host-a-viewing-party
Program Coordinator for Outreach and Special Programs
International Writing Program
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