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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre seeks actors for 'Dying City'

October 20, 2011

Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6387,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre is seeking one male and one female actor for their spring production of "Dying City," by Christopher Shinn. The playwright specifies the following cast: one male actor, who can play late 20's for the roles of Craig and Peter, and one female actor, who can play late 20's for the role of Kelly. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8, at the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The actors must be available for evening rehearsals beginning Jan. 9, 2012, and performances Feb. 23 through March 4.

Students who are not in the theatre performance program will receive a cold reading upon arrival at auditions. More information about the Department of Theatre’s audition policies and requirements can be found online at

"Dying City" will be directed by Richard Glockner. In "Dying City," a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig's death was not accidental. Set in a downtown Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly's complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn's disturbing, sophisticated drama, infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq, explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.

For more information, contact Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6387 or or email the Strayer-Wood Theatre at