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Loyola University Chicago Theatre Department Kicks of Its 2008-09 Mainstage Season with Intimate Apparel
CHICAGO, September 18, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents its first main stage production of the 2008-09 season, Intimate Apparel, by Lynn Nottage. This tale of self discovery opens Friday, September 26, 2008, at the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, located in the Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 West Loyola Avenue) on the University’s Lake Shore Campus.
The play, which first debuted in California in April 2003, is the winner of both the 2004 New York Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle awards. Set in New York City in 1905, the play follows a young African-American seamstress, Esther Mills, and documents the trials she faces creating undergarments for a wide array of clientele, ranging from upper class white women to prostitutes. The play also chronicles the difficulties she faces in her personal life, including a long-distance love affair with a Barbadian worker on the Panama Canal and a developing relationship with an Orthodox Jew from whom she purchases all of her fabrics. When Esther’s personal life and career collide she is forced to question whether she can conquer her prescribed societal role and achieve her dreams.
The production is directed by Jonathan Wilson, professor of theatre at Loyola University Chicago and a man whose work has graced the stages of Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Pegasus Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Touchstone, and Victory Gardens Theatre. Jacqueline Firkins, a professor of theatre at Loyola, serves as scenic and costume design director, and lighting designers, Philip Soucheray III and Mikhail Fiksel, also lend their artistic abilities to the production.
Intimate Apparel runs from Friday, September 26, through Sunday, October 5, 2008, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $6-15, with discounts for LUC students, faculty, and staff. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 773-508-3847 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased online at LUC.edu/theatre.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of Dance, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts and provides quality arts education to students studying any of the arts. This alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.