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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre Announces the Fall 2005 Platform Reading and Discussion Series

August 2005 We are pleased to introduce a new reading series for our audiences this year, with an opportunity to engage in a lively exchange of ideas on topical subjects. Please join us for these dramatic readings of plays, each with an important social issue at the center, followed by a discussion led by guest directors and speakers.

Staging America: Creating Community in the Theatre
Fall Platform Reading and Discussion Series
The reading series of four plays by contemporary American playwrights creates a platform for examination of social concerns impacting our immediate, national, and international communities. Each play this year addresses the insidious power of prejudice and fear of difference in the development of American cultural ideologies, social and political policies, and acts of communal violence and “war,” both internal and international. By framing these dynamics in an open theatrical forum, the series aims to provide a venue for reflection and discussion by students, faculty and staff of Loyola University Chicago in all disciplines.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 7:30pm

Location: Kathleen Mullady Theatre
Reading: Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler ; directed by Aaron Todd Douglas

Discussion: Creating Community Across Cultures: Women in Bosnia and Local Responsibility
Eve Ensler tells the story of two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and a human rights worker, who go to Bosnia to help women confront their memories of war and emerge deeply changed themselves. Necessary Targets is a groundbreaking play about women and war-about the violence of dark memories and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:30pm
Location: Kathleen Mullady Theatre

Reading: In the Heart of America by Naomi Wallace; directed by Susan FelderDiscussion: Creating Community in a Culture at War with Itself: America’s Multi-Ethnic “Identity” and International Conflict

“In the Heart of America is a pretty startling piece of writing. It has the driving political anger and entwining of the personal and political that marks some of the best writing of the day,” says The Guardian. This timely play takes a journey on a thought-provoking ride in both the real world and the spirit world. The result is a tender emotional trip through love and war.

Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:30pm
Location: Kathleen Mullady Theatre
Reading: Spinning into Butter by Rebecca Gilman; directed by Michael Bassett
Discussion: Creating Community and Racial Inequity: Institutional Policy, Internalized Racism, and Individual Responsibility
Chicago based playwright Rebecca Gilman has been described as one of the most important 21st century playwrights. Gilman’s play, set on a quiet college campus in Vermont challenges our preconceptions about racism in America and the surprising places it hides. The Chicago Tribune calledSpinning Into Butter “an extraordinarily fresh, eloquent and candid new play.”

Thursday, October 20, 2005 7:30pm
Location: Kathleen Mullady Theatre
Reading: Angels in America (part 1, Millennium Approaches) by Tony Kushner; directed by Lindsey Cacich
Discussion: Re-creating Community in a Diseased Culture: Aids, Homophobia, and American Ideologies
A reading of Tony Kushner’s ground breaking award winning play, with the cast of The Laramie Project. Discussing his play, Kushner has said, “The question I am trying to ask is how broad is a community’s embrace. How wide does it reach?” “Community” refers both to personal bonds between individuals and the political bonds we might call democratic citizenship. In simplified form, the plot of Angels in America focuses on the fact that both kinds of community are destroyed and then recreated.”

Fall Mainstage 2005
The Laramie Project
, by Moises Kauffman the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project November 4 – 13, 2005
Location: Kathleen Mullady Theatre
The Fall Platform Series is capped by our Mainstage Production of The Laramie Project by Moises Kauffman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. In the spirit of examining and building community through the arts, The Laramie Project documents a dynamics of a community in conflict through a series of interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal murder of a gay University of Wyoming student in 1998. The play chronicles a community confronting its ideological and moral culpability in a crime motivated by homophobia and hate. It asks us to examine communal antecedents of prejudice and fear, our personal, political, and religious beliefs with respect to gay members of our communities, and suggests means of healing through the transformative power of honest reflection and discourse.

Laramie Inside Out
November 11, 2005
Location: TBA
In collaboration with The Laramie Project, the Communication Department brings to campus Beverly Seckinger, documentary filmmaker and former Laramie resident, for a viewing of her film a series of discussions with students. Her film offers a unique insiders perspective on the effects of the Matthew Shepherd murder on residents of her hometown. It considers the process of “coming out” in small-town America, and the role of religious leaders at creating community and promoting healing.

“The Loyola Project”
The production process for The Laramie Project will culminate in “The Loyola Project.” Student members of the acting ensemble will interview students, faculty and staff of the Loyola community on the subject of homophobia and hate on campus. This project will be supported though the Communications Department. The interviews will be transcribed and presented at Loyola this fall. Our hope is to generate dialogue and acceptance in our own community.

For additional information contact April Browning at abrowni@luc.edu or by phone at 773-508-3833. Information can also be found on the web by visiting http://www.luc.edu/depts/theatre/.
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 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. 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 52 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.




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