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Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Department of Theatre Presents: Dead Man Walking By Tim Robbins
CHICAGO, February 14, 2005 Loyola University Chicago students will be performing the stage version of “Dead Man Walking,” by Tim Robbins. Opening night, February 18, 2005 will have a guest appearance by Sister Helen Prejean, who authored the book Robbins’ film was based on. Sr. Prejean will also be signing copies of her new book, The Death of Innocents after the show. Performances will last through February 27 and take place at Kathleen Mullady Theatre, located on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus. This is one of many events included in Loyola’s year-long study and performance project on the issue of capital punishment as part of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project 2004-2005.
Tim Robbins invited Loyola University Chicago’s theatre department to workshop the play version of his gut-wrenching movie, Dead Man Walking, 10 years ago. Nearly 20 departments and several student organizations came together for a year-long contemplation on legal and moral questions surrounding the death penalty.
The play is an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s book and Robbins’ Academy Award winning film. It is an introspective look into our society’s morality, with a personal perspective, and forces the audience to think about their beliefs of love, forgiveness, death and human rights.
The student cast includes: Meg Harkins (Helen Prejean); Benjamin Harris (Herbie); Michael Fagin (Matt Poncelet); Joe Hoover (Chaplain Farley); Allison Jones (Sister Collen); Michael Gonring (Hilton); Claire Alden (Lucille Poncelet); Brendan Canty (Clyde); Bethy Poluikis (Marybeth); Jeremy Inabinet (Earl); Alison Aiken (Hope and Emily); Ryan Winters (Walter); and Megan Golt (Mother). Playing multiple roles are the following students: James Holbrook, Chuck Kettering, Christian Blackburn, Tripp Chamberland, Eric Michaels, Dan Krall, Elise Webb, Irlanda Aleman and Max Bever. Other students involved in the production are: Set and Prop Designer Julie Eberhardt; Costume Designer Kate Danziger; Lighting Designer Ryan Williams; Dramaturge Vanessa Crase; Stage Manager Leonicia Berry; and Asst. Stage Mangers Lindsey Cacich and Stephanie Coe.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $5.00 – $15.00, discounts available to Loyola faculty/staff/students and senior citizens. For more information about tickets, call the Box Office at 773.508.3847 or visit the TicketWeb website at: www.ticketweb.com.
Please visit www.luc.edu/theatre/dmw for a complete listing of all events.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.