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UI Department of Theatre Arts to present new series Diverse Voices

By February 26, 2020 No Comments

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts is dedicated to producing new and diverse voices on our stages throughout the season in collaboration with departments across the university. Beginning in 2020, we are looking to expand the perspectives of our students and audiences are exposed to by offering a new performance series entitled “Diverse Voices.” The inaugural event of the series will be a staged reading and discussion of Reconciliation by Marisa Carr (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe).

The public reading and post-show discussion, curated by Morgan Grambo, MFA ’20, will take place on Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Alan MacVey Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

If you are interested in speaking with the individuals involved in the creation of this new series, please feel free to contact the following:


By Marisa Carr

In a dystopian future, the United States government has initiated a “Truth and Reconciliation” process with Indigenous peoples – and lack of compliance is a federal crime. One woman with nothing left to lose challenges the charge of “Failure to Reconcile” and fights for her life. Is reconciliation possible? And if so, at what cost?

Marisa Carr is playwright who recently transplanted to Chicago after a decade in the Twin Cities. Her work has been presented and/or produced by theaters including: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House + Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Intermedia Arts, and Pangea World Theatre. Selected recent awards and honors include: Scratchpad at the Playwrights’ Realm (2019-2020), P73 Finalist (2019-20), Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival Finalist (2019), McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting Finalist (2019), Jerome Artist Fellowship Finalist (2019), Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist (2019), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency (2018), Forward Flux Three New American Plays Commission (2018), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017), Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow (2016-17), Naked Stages Fellow at Pillsbury House + Theater (2015), and “Best New Political Playwright” (Lavender Magazine, 2014). Marisa is also Co-Founder/former Artistic Director of the Turtle Theater Collective, a Twin Cities-based company committed to producing high-quality, contemporary work that explores Native experiences and subverts expectations about how and when Native artists can create theater. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the Turtle clan.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.



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