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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Margaret Edson’s Cherished Production, Wit
CHICAGO, October 12, 2007 –Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts kicks off its student-produced series with the opening of Margaret Edson’s touching and intimate play, Wit. The production opens October 17, 2007 in Loyola’s Studio Theatre, located in the basement of the Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 W. Loyola Ave), on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.
Wit tells the story of an English professor named Vivian who is dying of ovarian cancer. Throughout the play, Vivian’s character portrays the true hardships of a cancer patient. The audience watches as Vivian undergoes experimental chemotherapeutic treatment, and endures the indignities and minimal quality of life cancer patients experience in hospitals, the incompetent behavior of a brilliant young physician researcher, and the care and attention of a dedicated nurse. Throughout the production, Vivian evaluates her life through the intricacies of the English language, and the metaphysical poetry of John Donne.
“I wanted to talk about a person’s relationship with grace, the harmony in and out of her life, and her growing awareness of her own self as a person with a soul and the capacity for love,” said Edson in reference to what motivated her to write such a piece. Ultimately, Wit echoes the fundamental necessities of human connection and the reality that everyone in this world is searching for their own personal truth.
Wit is the first play to be held in the Studio Theatre this season. The intimate space serves as a unique laboratory for young directors and designers to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it into a collaborative work environment. With the guide of faculty mentors, these productions are directed, designed, performed, and managed by Loyola students.
Wit runs October 17 through October 21, 2007, with Wednesday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $6. For more information on subscription or tickets, please contact the box office at 773-508-3847 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 new Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA). The creation of this 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 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.