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New-York based performer to share talents and social issues at UNI

April 17, 2003

Karen Mitchell, artistic director, UNI Interpreters Theatre, (319) 273-2640
Gayle Pohl, co-chair, UNI Hearst Lecture Series Committee, (319) 273-6308
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Michael Keck, actor, composer, and writer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Lang Hall Interpreters Theatre (Room 40) at the University of Northern Iowa, as part of the Hearst Lecture Series. Keck will perform excerpts from his one-person work 'Voices in the Rain,' based on his interviews with incarcerated men.

Due to limited seating, the lecture/performance is free to those who have admission passes. Passes will be available to the general public, on a first-come basis, in the Department of Communication Studies, Lang 326, from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning Monday, April 21.

Keck will also conduct a community-based workshop on issues surrounding incarceration, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the YWCA, 425 Lafayette St., in Waterloo. To register, contact Derrick Williams at the Family Service League, (319) 235-6271.

Keck is a New York-based artist whose works have been featured across the United States and Europe. A performer and social activist, Keck's theatre workshops are built around themes of social change, community, identity, understanding between cultures, creativity and expression. In his solo performances, he addresses social issues such as the substantial number of minority men who are incarcerated.

Keck's music has been featured at many arenas, including: The Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alliance Theater, Santa Fe Stages, and The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. A video, 'Holidays For Children,' was co-authored, composed and hosted by Keck. He composed the music to go along with James Still's book, 'A Village Fable,' that was published by Dramatic Publishing and dramatized at the Sundance Playwrights Lab.

Keck has received the Oppenheimer and American Critics Awards, and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts, The New York State Arts Council and Meet The Composer.