Department of Communication Studies

UNI Interpreters Theatre to showcase "CONVICT"

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013
Contact: 

Megan Wharff, graduate assistant, Communication Studies, 515-490-2535, wharff.megan@gmail.com

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa's Interpreters Theatre will present "CONVICT," a play written and directed by Joshua Hamzehee, instructor in communication studies at UNI, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 through Saturday, May 2, in the Interpreters Theatre, in Lang Hall, Room 040. The cast includes students, instructors and professors from UNI and students from Hawkeye Community College.

"CONVICT" works to create a dialogue about our country's prison system. Set in a modern American prison cell, the play follows the experiences of Cyrus, a single father convicted of murder, and explores the ambiguous space between guilt and innocence, our expectations of masculinity and our overcrowded penal system's tendency to punish rather than rehabilitate. Through laughter, poignant moments and non-traditional theater techniques, "CONVICT" highlights the humanity of the prisoner and asks: Is it time for a change?

The play is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; doors will open at 7 p.m. For additional information, contact Megan Wharff, graduate assistant for UNI's Department of Communication Studies, at 515-490-2535 or wharff.megan@gmail.com.