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Grand Isle Stories' at UNI to tell story of Louisiana barrier island<br>

September 15, 2002

Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2640
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Grand Isle Stories,' a new play about the Louisiana barrier island town of Grand Isle and its people, will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, at the UNI Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The play is written and directed by Dennis Doyle, UNI alumnus and associate professor of communication studies at Central College in Pella.

Grand Isle, the Cajun-influenced barrier island known for its protection of New Orleans during violent storms, inspired Doyle and a group of 15 Central College students to conduct interviews with several of the town's residents. The interviews became the 'Grand Isle Stories,' a collection of stories about life in the Louisiana shrimping community.

Admission is free. For further information, contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.