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God of Carnage opens on The Old Creamery’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:50

Amana - God of Carnage, a dramatic comedy by Yasmina Reza opens Thursday, Sept.20 at 3 p.m. on the Studio Stage at The Old Creamery Theatre in Middle Amana.

Translated by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage focuses on two couples as theymeet one evening to discuss a playground scuffle between their sons. As the eveningwears on, differences between the couples become more apparent and nerves shatter inthis thought provoking play.

The cast of God of Carnage consists of Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio; Jackie McCalland Sean McCall of Marengo and Carrie Houchins-Witt of Coralville. Winner of the2009 Tony Award for Best Play, God of Carnage is rated Theatre R for adult language

Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. For more information or to reservetickets call The Old Creamery Theatre at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit the website at
The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre foundedin 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live,professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Corpus Christi Playing with Redemption PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:16


DUBUQUE, IA – SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 - After facing protesters, bomb threats and deaththreats in NYC, after being denounced in Scotland by the Bishop of Edinburgh, after letterslaying out how they will be shot and killed in Dallas, thousands of protests in San Francisco,picketed in Orange County, CA and millions of signatures added to a petition that has traveledall around the world demanding a ban on the play and film, 108 Productions has forged aheadand traveled internationally for six years with Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi. Now for thefirst time in its history, with its debut in Dubuque, Iowa, the company is facing one of the biggestprotest campaigns it’s received, as it releases the documentary feature Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption.

Said actor/108 co-founder James Brandon and director/108 co-founder Nic Arnzen: “We areimmensely grateful to all those who have stood by us as we prepare to face a wave protestsfor the first time in our home town. With their support, we have no doubt that Corpus Christi’smessage of God’s inclusive love for LGBT people will drown out the angry words of those whoattack our play without having seen it.”

The 108 productions version of Corpus Christi, Terrence McNally’s controversial play, whichdepicts Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas, has drawn an angry response from someCatholics, as has Playing with Redemption. An online petition, based on a series of previousanti-Corpus Christi petitions by the right-wing Catholic site America Needs Fatima, has drawnover 11,000 signatures to date. The petition denounces 108 Productions’ version of theplay, along with the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, as “unspeakableblasphemy” and “prejudicial outrage.” It also calls on Mindframe Theater, where the film is setto preview on Sept 25 and 26, to “immediately cancel the showing of this movie and play, and tooffer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans.” In addition,108 Productions’ crew has received similar comments, in the form of personal emails, YouTubecomments, and even harassment of Arnzen’s mother in Iowa. Accordingly, a protest outside theevent is now expected, as protests have followed similar petitions for previous 108 Productionsperformances.About 108 Productions’ TourBeginning in 2006, 108 Productions launched a resoundingly successful revival production,directed by Nic Arnzen at Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley, which was lauded bycritics, continued to sell out for months at Los Angeles’ Zephyr Theatre, and went on to touracross America. In Europe, the play was an Amnesty International Freedom of Expressionnominee at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and was awarded the Intercultural DialogueAward at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2008. After, the company celebratedthe show’s 10th anniversary Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre, benefiting the MatthewShepard Foundation and New York’s Gay Community Center. The show continued to tour through 2011 nationally and internationally, while a documentary crew followed their travels toless tolerant communities.Now, six years later, CORPUS CHRISTI: PLAYING WITH REDEMPTION will host its first sneakpreview screening tour, launching the I AM Love Campaign. The Religious Right meets the 'gayJesus play' in this documentary film inspired by the play, which continues to face censorship,protests, bomb threats and religious condemnation. Mirroring the reflections of change insociety today in regards to freedom of speech, civil rights, marriage equality and separation ofchurch and state, this production has become a vehicle for a community struggling to find itsvoice. Meanwhile, the company of actors finds itself on a journey that would forever changetheir lives.The I AM Love Campaign's mission is to ignite a dialogue on religious bullying and homophobiain all ages and walks of life by teaching self-empowerment through artistic endeavors andeducational outreach. Beyond screenings of Playing With Redemption, which will be combinedwith performances of the play in select cities, the 108 Productions company will also conducteducational and arts-based workshops alongside gay and religious leaders in conservativecommunities around the country.For more information about the play, film, and I AM Love Campaign, go to or
WHAT AND WHEN:Tuesday, September 25- Sneak Preview Film Screening, 8:00pmWednesday, September 26- Sneak Preview Film Screening, 6:00pmPlay Performance, 8:00pmThursday, September 27- Free Community Symposium*, 7:00pm Play Performance, 8:30pm
For Mature Audiences only (16+). Contains Brief Nudity and Adult Language.
WHERE: Mindframe Theater, 555 John F Kennedy Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002
TICKETS: $10 film, $20 play, $25 for both,

Davenport Junior Theatre and Dance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Daniel Sheridan   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 12:05
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Fiddler on the Roof - Purchase Your Tickets in Advance! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 September 2012 12:34
Relive a glorious tradition of musical theatre with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  See this Tony Award-winning and timeless classic on November 18.  You are invited to purchase tickets before the general public beginning on Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, September 6 at 11:59 p.m.  Click on the orange "Find Tickets" button below and enter in the special offer code: MATCHMAKER.  Tickets ($32, $42 & $52) go on sale to the public on Friday, September 7.  Service fees may vary.

Chinese Officials Complimentary, Optimistic About Future with U.S. Soy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:16
U.S. soybean farmers praised for success of checkoff-funded programs in China

ST. LOUIS (August 28, 2012) – When a group of U.S. soybean farmers stepped off a plane in China last month, they anticipated a celebration of 30 years of partnership. What they got, however, was a whole lot more. The work of the soy checkoff through the United Soybean Board (USB) and its international marketing arm, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), has paid dividends in China and the officials wanted to make sure these farmers knew it.

“We’re more than just a supplier of soybeans, but that is part of it,” says Vanessa Kummer, a soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., and chair of USB. “We’ve helped them improve their food safety and, during this visit, we heard how much they appreciate it.”

The Chinese aquaculture industry is a big part of this partnership. The soy checkoff funds projects that help increase the food safety and growth rates for fish farmers, and the group of U.S. soy farmers heard about the positive success of these programs.

“Fish are a big part of the Chinese diet, so the aquaculture industry is a major player in their economy,” adds Kummer. “The checkoff has helped these fish farmers achieve the right rations and populations, which lessens negative effects.”

Through checkoff-funded demonstrations, USSEC helps show the Chinese aquaculture industry how to lessen disease and pollution in their production systems. Soy-based diets play a role in these improved practices. As the Chinese increase their protein consumption, soy meal use in animal feed continues to increase. Kummer notes the checkoff also works in other animal sectors, including China’s fast-growing poultry sector.

“The people we met with in China recognize the investment U.S. soybean farmers have made in their food security,” says Kummer. “They appreciate our partnerships and look forward to the future of our business relationships together.”

The relationship continues to grow demand for U.S. soy, as well. In 2011, the United States exported a record 895 million bushels of soybeans to China.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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