The University of Iowa

Book Wings

Book Wings, 2012 - 2015

Collaborative digitally-connected theatre, Book Wings brought specially commissioned literary works by distinguished authors to the stage and to internet viewers around the world. In March 2015, the University of Iowa linked up with the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town, South Africa for a collaborative theatre performance. Using the latest videoconferencing technology, we brought together actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturges, and stages thousands of miles apart to produce one unified performance known as Book Wings South Africa.

Book Wings started in 2012 as a collaboration between the Moscow Art Theatre (Moscow, Russia) and the University of Iowa. Since then, partners have included Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (Shanghai, China) and University of Baghdad (Baghdad, Iraq).

Attend in Person, Watch via Live Stream

Book Wings South Africa: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -- 12 p.m. CDT and 7 p.m. SAST. -- in Theatre B, University of Iowa Theatre Building & at Artscape Theatre Centre, central theme: Release.

Both performances were free, open to the public, and accessible worldwide via live internet stream.

Audience members and internet viewers were able to tweet comments and questions for the live talk-back sessions following the events using the hashtag #bookw.

Working in conjunction with the UI Department of Theatre Arts, the Virtual Writing University, Information Technology Services, and UITV, these ambitious literary and theatrical events connected stages thousands of miles apart, making literature fly. More information is available on the International Writing Program website.