Now is the time to check out DIY/XX, Self-published graphic novels, mini comics and zines by women! The exhibition is FREE and now open to the public! Highlighting the work of women, this exhibition is curated by Tom Greensfelder and includes pieces of writing, drawing, and DIY Read more

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Our Faculty Biennial: Review Reflect will be running until December 7th in the Newhart Promenade. Head on over to see the past and present works of the Loyola Fine Arts Faculty. All of the works will be displayed in with FREE access for all with public viewing hours Wednesday-Friday from 1-5 Read more

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Welcome to the House of Bernarda Alba

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Hi there! My name is Tanner Walters, and I am the Assistant Director and Dramaturg for Loyola’s production of The House of Bernarda Alba.

The House of Bernada Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca is set in rural Spain in 1936, in the home of the formidable Bernarda Alba, who rules over her adult daughters with an iron fist. The sisters have just begun their eight-year period of mourning after the death of their father, and are told by their mother: “Pretend we bricked up all the doors and windows!” As you can imagine, problems arise — but I won’t spoil anything for you!

The play was written at the onset of the Spanish Civil War. This was a conflict between the conservative Nationalists (backed by rich landowners, the Catholic Church, and the military) and the Republic, supported by the poor, socialists, and intellectuals like Lorca. Though Bernarda Alba was finished before the war played out, the issues and tensions very much exist in the lives of the women in the play.

A unique part of working with a play in translation is that it gives us the opportunity to examine how other translators interpret the original Spanish. While we chose a translation written by Emily Mann, known for its simplicity and faithfulness to the original Spanish, we have been referencing a translation by David Hare. This, in addition to the Spanish, gives the actresses a chance to find different meanings and layers to the text. We’ve found that the understanding the choices made be different translators gives our actresses more specific choices that are supported by our translation. 

Apart from the language itself, the Spanish culture itself adds another rich layer to the play. We have been working on immersing ourselves in this culture to add authenticity to the women in the show. We got the chance to speak to Loyola’s Jesuit music director, Father Charles, to get a brief Catholicism 101. He filled us in on Catholic rituals that would have been a part of their everyday lives, and thankfully made sure we were all doing the sign of the cross correctly.

We also had the opportunity to bring in Irma Suarez Ruiz, a talented Spanish flamenco dancer from the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, to teach our actresses a flamenco dance. This really let them tap into the Spanish sensuality that permeates the play. As our instructor said, “There’s no room for humility in Spanish dance!” Turns out, we have some natural flamenco dancers in the cast! Now, we have incorporated flamenco into the actresses’ daily warm-up.

Flamenco Dancers

Stay tuned for more updates from Andalusia! For tickets to the show, click here!

Tanner Walters

Schlocktoberfest! A Killer Komedy Show

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The Gorilla Tango Theatre is once again putting on a comedy production that will make you laugh until you cry…or in this case, scream! Schlocktoberfest! A Killer Komedy Show combines the classic necessities of an entertaining Halloween: comedy and horror. With stand-up by Jarrell Barnes and a burlesque performance by Peaches N. Cream, this production will be one for the books. Ever wonder “what are the secret origins of Halloween? Can monsters stay on the wagon with the help of a 12 step program?” Come find out at the Chicago[Bucktown] location of the Gorilla Tango Theatre on November 1! The performance starts at 7:30 and tickets are $12.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here!

Get Your Fill of Bernarda Alba and Local Loyola Restaurants!

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Thought you reached the pinnacle of Loyola’s theatre experience when you saw Proof?  While it was a stellar production, there are plenty more amazing performances in store for you, courtesy of Loyola’s Theatre Department. k11514547

Case in point: The House of Bernarda Alba, Loyola’s next mainstage production which opens November 14 at the Newhart Family Theatre.  But just as Proof is not the only wonderful performance we are staging, Subway is not the only place to grab a quick bite before seeing some good ol’ LUC Theatre.  Check out these amazing restaurants before you take your seat!

Thai Spice, found at 1320 W. Devon Avenue, might be one of Edgewater’s, and dare we say Chicago’s, best hidden Thai gems.  They are open from 4:00PM to 10:00PM on Tuesday through Sunday (including midnight hours on Saturdays), just in time to satisfy your pre-theatre dinner cravings.  Whether you want some Kang Dang Curry with bamboo, coconut milk, and basil, the Cashew Delight Chicken with bell peppers and peapods, or the Seafood Combo complete with every meat under the sea, Thai Spice can make it happen.  For a complete menu of their items priced from $10 – $25, and links to their dining hours, follow the link here.

Summer Noodles & Rice is another hidey-hole type restaurant, located at 1123 W. Granville Avenue, extremely close to the Granville Red Line CTA Stop.  And before you ask, don’t worry, they offer far more than just noodles and rice from May to August.  You could go for storied favorites like Orange Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, or Kung Pao Chicken (all reasonably priced under $9!).  But the truly adventurous would go for items like the Cashew Duck dish, with mushrooms, pineapple, and bell peppers, or the Scallop Dynamite soaked in a chili garlic sauce and green bean sprouts.  So as you look through their menu by clicking here, with nearly every entree priced under $20, just remember there’s no wrong way to eat at Summer (but seriously, go for the Cashew Duck.  How often do you get duck?)

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