This Friday: Honors Recital

Presenting a diverse program of vocal and instrumental selections, our Honors Recital will be held this Friday, November 21 at 7 PM! Join us as several performers take the stage at Skowronski Music Hall to present their advanced training in different musical fields. Tickets are $5-10 Read more

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

This weekend is the opening of our first second stage performance for this school year, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Join us for this riveting performance based on court case transcripts about playwright Oscar Wilde's "gross indecency with other male persons." Directed by Loyola senior Ryan Stanfield this Read more

Raise the Roof! The House of Bernarda Alba is Here!

Our second mainstage performance is finally here! Opening November 14, The House of Bernarda Alba will be taking the Newhart Family Theatre stage. Written by Federico Garcia Lorca and directed by Loyola's own Ann Shanahan, this play explores the the household of the domineering Bernarda Alba and Read more


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

Review and Reflect With Us!

Our Faculty Biennial: Review Reflect will be running until December 7 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

A word from the dramaturg

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We are so close to opening The House of Bernarda Alba!

It is always so strange to see a show fully teched after being with it from its beginning in a rehearsal studio. In our case, it seems to be a completely different show. The tangible house that traps Bernarda’s daughters is such an important physical element that it affects the actresses’ performances in every way. Throughout the rehearsal process, our director Ann spoke frequently about the material: the physical matter that the women of the play interact with (in this case, the props, the furniture, the set) as well as the bodies of the women in space themselves. We focused on the physical elements of the show as extensions of the women’s characters—the fans the sisters tout, the rags the maid uses to endlessly scrub the floor, or the threatening cane Bernarda wields. Finally being in the space with the incredible designs of our faculty has added even more nuance to the actresses’ performances.

I wrote about the Spanish dance flamenco in my last entry, but I could not leave it out of this post. After a talk by Fr. George Drance (who happens to be a flamenco expert), we have been incorporating not only the style of the dance into Lorca’s play, but the soul of it. Father Drance talked to us about cante jondo, the “deep song” that resonates under the surface of the dance. Our actresses have incorporated  this concept of “deep song” into their performances, knowing that beneath every line lies a deep river of meaning and experience that the women of Bernarda Alba have kept inside them. This has ties to the concept of duende that Lorca infused into all of his work, “a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity.”
In my humble opinion, I truly believe our production overflows with duende. To see for yourself, buy tickets here!


A confrontation between Bernarda (Anna George) and Poncia (Clara Flaherty).

Tanner Walters


Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale

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Dee Snider, frontman for the ’80s rock band Twisted Sister, will be performing a one-man production from November 4 – January 4 at the Broadway Playhouse. Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale will feature Snider as he narrates the classic Christmas story. This rock star, singer, songwriter, actor, radio personality, and screenwriter  is no stranger to trying new things. This performance combines comedy, art, and Christmas spirit. Performances are held Tuesdays – Fridays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 and 7:30PM. Prices range from $38-91. 

For more information and to purchase tickets click here!

Chuckle with Carmichael at UP Comedy Club!

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Finals are fast approaching, winter is on its way, and many of you may be looking for a good laugh. Jerrod Carmichael and UP Comedy Club would like to help you out of your slump this winter with some good ‘ol fashioned side-splitting comedy! Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, professional comedian Jerrod Carmichael has  showcased his talents at festivals, on television, and was named one of Variety‘s “Top Ten Comics to Watch” in 2013.

Coming to Chicago this Thursday, Jerrod Carmichael will present his first ever hour-long stand-up special, in partnership with HBO and Funny or Die. Shows begin November 13 and run through the 15, with two performances on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for this event are $20, and the doors at UP Comedy Club open at 7 PM. Also featuring Marty DeRosa, this event is sure to cure your winter blues, so click here to purchase tickets today!