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Loyola University Chicago Department of Theatre Presents Tragic Comedy, The Visit
CHICAGO, February 5, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre presents Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s well-known play, The Visit, as the kick-off to the latter half of its 2006-2007 main stage season. The Visit opens February 16, 2007, in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, which is located in Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 W. Loyola Ave.) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.
The Department of Theatre is proud to welcome back Loyola theatre alumna Katie Klemme (BA, ’98) as the guest director of this production. Klemme is now the managing director of Pegasus Players, a prominent theatre in Uptown.
The Visit takes place in the dilapidated, worn-down town of Güllen, a community whose struggles with power and the search for justice are strikingly relevant to many of today’s socio-political circumstances. Klemme explores both the play’s dark comedy and its inherent tragedy, bringing to life the struggle of a dying town given an ultimatum by the world’s wealthiest woman.
In creating the village of Güllen and Claire’s entourage, Klemme worked closely with the faculty design team, Lee Keenan (lighting design), Timothy Mann (scenic design), senior theatre major Kathryn Durkin (costume design), and Mikhail Fiksel, an award-winner in sound design and a newcomer to Loyola.
The Visit has a preview performance on February 15, opens on February 16, and runs February 16-18 and 22-25, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. A special alumni opening night event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 16 in Bremner Lounge with a reception following the performance. Admission is free for alumni, and registration is available at LUC.edu/alumni. All other tickets are $5-15, with discounts for LUC students, faculty, and staff.
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 nearly 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.