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The Gazette - Thursday, December 3, 2015
Eventually, Taylor Mac will be performing 24 decades of music in a 24-hour marathon. Until all the episodes are completed, he's spending four years rolling out single-decade shows across the country. These aren't just pretty little slices of life, showcasing popular music of the decades. They're provocative looks at themes that played out during those times, as interpreted by one of the most provocative performers of our time. A celebrated author, actor, playwright, singer and songwriter who generally performs in spectacular drag, he recently drew a coveted rave review in the New York Times for his play "Hir," his gender-bending new take on a family in uproar that is creating ripples of excitement off-Broadway.
The Gazette - Monday, November 30, 2015
A grand sound is poised to ring through Hancher’s new rafters whenever a piano is needed. Recent Hancher box office administration retirees Richard Gloss and Hal Ide of Iowa City helped make that happen — at home and in New York. They were part of a sextet that traveled to the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City on Oct. 2 to choose a signature instrument for the University of Iowa’s Hancher stage.
Iowa Now - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present Taylor Mac's 1846–1856 Whitman vs. Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, at the E.C. Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building. The performance is drawn from Mac’s larger work, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The performance is a Hancher co-commission, and it is part of the Just Living theme semester at the University of Iowa.
Chicago Sun-Time - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By the time Robert Joffrey’s production of “The Nutcracker” was ready for its world premiere in December, 1987, there was as much (if not more) drama going on behind the scenes as there was innovation on stage. And now, as the company prepares to celebrate the 28th annual — and final — presentation of Joffrey’s uniquely American take on the Russian classic it is worth looking backward... [I]n 1985 Joffrey learned he had AIDS (although he never named his condition), and as "The Nutcracker” took shape, several other Joffrey stalwarts — including Gerald Arpino, Scott Barnard and George Verdak —were called on to contribute sections of the choreography. By the time the $1 million dollar production debuted at the Hancher Auditorium in Iowa two years later, Joffrey was too weak to travel.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
"Out of Bounds," a play that centers on three 14-year-old girls as they deal with bullying in school, will kick off its 17-venue, three-month national tour at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts. Created by the founders of Iowa City's Working Group Theatre, "Out of Bounds" was first performed in the fall of 2013 with support of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Hancher and the Iowa City Community School District.
Algona Upper Des Moines - Thursday, November 5, 2015
A lot of the opportunities in the community of Algona come from a partnership with Hancher Auditorium, and start with a call from Chuck Swanson to Scott Buchanan of the Haggard-Twogood Charitable Trust. “Chuck will call up with ‘Scott, I’ve got this idea,’” Buchanan said. “I can’t recall one of those instances that hasn’t amounted in a performance or art exhibit ending up here in Algona.”
The Gazette - Monday, November 2, 2015
The University of Iowa’s new Voxman Music Building is already making a visual impact on the downtown landscape. And when it opens in August, students, faculty, and the community still will see plenty of sights before they hear the sounds. A new Hancher Auditorium is arising on the other side of the Iowa River and is expected to open in fall 2016. When a new UI Museum of Art eventually is built, it will go downtown next door to the music building.
Spencer Daily Reporter - Saturday, October 31, 2015
The students and staff at Spencer Middle School will experience a new performance by the performing arts troupe from University of Iowa's Hancher. The performance will be presented to sixth- and seventh-graders at 9:30 a.m. and to eighth-graders at 1 p.m. on Nov. 4. The performance will focus on cyberbullying, a form of bullying that takes place using the Internet, other digital technologies and mobile phones.
Iowa Now - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Students in seven Iowa communities will confront cyberbullying through art as the University of Iowa’s Hancher and Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre collaborate to present Out of Bounds to middle and elementary schoolers in November. Pre- and post-performance activities have been developed with faculty from the College of Public Health to integrate the show into an ongoing bullying  curriculum.
Iowa Now - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present mandolinist Chris Thile on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Thile's performance will feature music by J.S. Bach, and he will also play contemporary music, including some of his own compositions.