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UNI Interpreters Theatre opens with 'Carne Viva in Postville'

October 6, 2011

Karen Mitchell, professor, communication studies, 319-273-2640,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will open the 2011-2012 season with "Carne Viva in Postville" at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, Oct. 15 and Oct. 20 to 22, in 040 Lang Hall on the UNI campus.

Written and directed by Jennifer Cooley and Karen Mitchell, "Carne Viva in Postville" is based on an ethnography about Guatemalan weavers that Cooley conducted following the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement raid in Postville, Iowa in May 2008.  It is set in the five-month period following the raid and includes the testimonials of several Guatemalan women who worked at the Agriprocessors meat packing plant. The performance explores the role of women's creative work, including weaving, cooking and storytelling, as a constructive force in combating certain destructive behaviors.

Discussions with the creators and actors will follow each performance. Seating is limited, but open to the public. For more information, contact Mitchell, professor of communication studies, at 319-273-2640 or