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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Theatre Presents the Controversial Samuel Beckett Play, Waiting for Godot

CHICAGO, September 26, 2007 –Loyola University Chicago’s department of theatre and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts present Samuel Beckett’s greatly debated play, Waiting for Godot, which opens Friday, September 28, 2007, in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre located in Centennial Forum Student Union (CFSU) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.

Waiting for Godot has stirred audiences for decades with its mysterious and riveting plot that keeps viewers speculating, “Who is Godot?” The play was written by Samuel Beckett in the mid-1950’s, and is the most studied, discussed, and analyzed play since Shakespeare. Beckett’s own reticence about Godot’s identity has added to the play’s allure. In response to questions about whether he was referring to God, Beckett replied, “If I’d have meant God, I would have written God.”

Beckett’s creation generated buzz almost immediately, with the play’s opening nights in London and America drawing a number of protests. The play became an overnight success and was dubbed the “The Most Controversial Play of the Year,” a distinction that has never been given to another play since. The confusion around the play’s name, its pronunciation, and its meaning, serves as a metaphor for the play as a whole. It defies definition by its very essence and entices the audience to make its own interpretations.

Directing Loyola’s rendition of Waiting for Godot is guest artist, and Loyola faculty member, Susan Felder. Waiting for Godot will be her first full-time production at Loyola. Felder has worked as a professional actor, director, and educator for more than 20 years. She has taught classes at Loyola, including Seminar in Acting I and II, Mask and Movement, Characterization I, Acting for Non-Majors, and Introduction to Theatre. In addition, she has directed three plays for the Platform Staged Reading Series at Loyola and was a styles coach for The Learned Ladies, a Loyola production last spring.

Waiting for Godot opens Friday, September 28, and ends Sunday, October 7, 2007, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $15, with discounts for LUC students, faculty, and staff. Loyola’s Kathleen Mullady Theatre is located just a crosswalk away from the Loyola ‘L’ stop. For information about subscription or tickets, please call the box office at 773.508.3847 or e-mail boxoffice@luc.edu.

About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
The dance, fine arts, music, and theatre departments at Loyola University Chicago recently joined together to form the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA). The creation of this new department and the continuous renovation of the Mundelein Center into a fine and performing arts center has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola. The mission of the DFPA is to enhance collaboration among the arts, and to inspire innovative public programming that engages several art forms.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is 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, continuing and 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,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.

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