FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University’s Department of Theatre Presents Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2006 Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre presents the famed August Wilson classic, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Set to run February 10-12 and 16-19 in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, located at Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 W. Loyola Ave.) on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, the production is directed by Loyola University Chicago professor, Jonathan Wilson, who has directed a number of August Wilson’s plays.
“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” tells the story of a man and a people whose song has been taken from them and who are struggling to recover it. The setting is 1911 in Pittsburgh, and after several years of unjust imprisonment, the man breaks free from the chain-gang and begins searching for the wife he left behind. His journey brings him to a Pittsburgh boarding house where African-Americans – two generations – only fifty years after the abolition of slavery – are attempting to construct both free lives and a sense of identity. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is part of August Wilson’s ten-play historical cycle, in which the influential playwright chronicles the experience of African-Americans, decade by decade, during the 20th century.
In addition to the production, in honor of August’s memory, a special alumni event and panel discussion will take place after the February 10 performance. The panel includes various Chicago theatre artists and alumni who will discuss the effects of Wilson’s plays on their careers and personal lives.
The production’s Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. A preview night will be held on February 9, with tickets available for $3, while regular ticket prices for the remaining shows range from $5-$15. Discounts are available for senior citizens and students, and Loyola University Chicago faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Loyola Theatre Box Office at 773-508-3847, or by visiting TicketWeb, found at www.luc.edu/theatre.
About Loyola University Chicago Department of Theatre
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre perfectly blends academic and professional theatre education. Grounded in a liberal arts education, students receive a strong foundation in theatre history, criticism and literature, as well as world history, sociology, philosophy, political science and ethics, all of which support their performance and design courses. Coupled with a liberal arts education is the opportunity to interact with the richly-diverse professional Chicago theatre community. Students work side by side with professionals from theatres such as The Goodman, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass Theatre and Congo Square.
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 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 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 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. 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.