What: The inaugural Book Wings event, “Contact,” a collaborative performance by the University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia
When: 10 a.m., Friday, March 9
Where: Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building; it will also be accessible worldwide through a live Internet stream at www.writinguniversity.org
Admission: Free and open to the public
What is Book Wings?: A three-year collaborative exchange and performance initiative designed to bring together American and Russian writers, actors, directors, and new media professionals in a virtual environment to foster a cross-cultural conversation, spark new literary and dramatic ideas, and create an enduring body of work. This year’s event features the work of four American and four Russian poets. In 2013, Book Wings will feature Russian and American playwrights, and in 2014, the commissioned works will come from American and Russian fiction writers.
A link across 10 time zones: Videoconferencing technology will enable the audience in Iowa City to see and hear the Moscow stage, and the Moscow audience to see and hear the Iowa City stage.
More information: iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/book-wings