When Kathryn Koob became an American hostage in Iran on Nov. 4, 1979, she never envisioned that 32 years later to the day, she would narrate a Wartburg College theater production based on her experiences.
Wartburg Players will premier a dramatization of Koob’s book, “Guest of the Revolution” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in McCaskey Lyceum of Saemann Student Center. Other performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 10, 11 and 12. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Dr. William Earl, associate professor of communication arts, adapted Koob’s book for the stage and directs what he describes as a post-modern interpretation of the Iranian takeover of the American embassy in Tehran.
“Kathryn’s compelling story ties in well with Wartburg’s 2011-12 theme of Telling Our Story,” Earl said. “The fact that the play’s premiere falls on the 32nd anniversary of the embassy takeover is a happy coincidence, and we are honored that Kathryn has agreed to narrate the production.”
The cast includes 13 Wartburg students.
Koob, a Wartburg graduate and now a resident of Waverly, spent 444 days in captivity and wrote the book after her return to the United States. In the years since her release, particularly on anniversaries of the 1979 embassy takeover and the 1981 hostage release, she has been interviewed on national and international television and radio and quoted in newspapers throughout the country.
As a Wartburg student, Koob was involved in Wartburg Players, and in recent years she has helped narrate the annual Christmas with Wartburg production.