FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Department of Theatre Welcomes 2nd
Annual Rogers Park Theatre Festival
Loyola Alums to Direct Summer Productions
CHICAGO, May 24, 2007 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre will host the second annual Rogers Park Theatre Festival, featuring four full-length plays directed by Loyola alumni. The festival’s four productions, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives, and The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe, will run throughout the summer.
Founded by alumni of Loyola’s Department of Theatre, the two-year-old Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble brings accessible theatre to the community. This season, the festival will bring together Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble company members and former Loyola students Leonicia Berry, Jermaine Bell, Frank Pendleton, Laura Kollar, Matt Kollar, and Lindsay Hopkins to host the yearly event.
The festival’s four productions will be held in the Loyola University Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of Centennial Forum, at 1125 W. Loyola Ave. All performances run Thursday – Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $10, and all Thursday night performances are half-price.
To purchase festival passes, please call the Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble box office at 773-831-4481. For more information, visit rogersparktheatre.org.
Rogers Park Theatre Festival Schedule:
- Topdog/Underdog, directed by Matthew Kollar: May 31-June 10
The Shape of Things, directed by Lindsay Hopkins: June 21-July 1
Don Juan in Chicago, directed by Frank Pendleton: July 19-29
The Colored Museum, directed by Leonicia Berry: August 9-19
About Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble
Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble creates provocative theatre that inspires creativity in artists’ and audiences’ minds, and challenges, educates, and provokes debate. While working with artists and community organizations within, Rogers Park Theatre Ensemble is committed to creating theatre that is accessible both artistically and economically to Rogers Park and its surrounding communities. Through their projects, they strive to create an arts organization that is supported by people of all ethnicities, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They welcome the opportunity to collaborate with artists of varying disciplines and skill levels in order to create an environment of continuous learning and artistic exploration.
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 LUC.edu.