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LUC Theatre presents The Good Woman of Setzuan
CHICAGO, November 7, 2008 –Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents its second main-stage production of the season, The Good Woman of Setzuan, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley. This classic tale opens Friday, November 7, 2008, in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre, located in Centennial Forum Student Union (1125 West Loyola Avenue), on the University’s Lake Shore Campus and runs through Sunday, November 16, 2008.
The play, written by one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, follows Shen Te, an impoverished prostitute, and her quest to be a good person. Set in China in the 1930’s, the play follows three disenchanted gods and their search for ‘good’ people. They come across Shen Te, who tries very hard to be ‘good’, but the harder she tries, the more she is taken advantage of. Desperate, Shen Te creates a male alter-ego to handle her business affairs so that she might continue to be a ‘good’ person without sacrificing her own well-being. Brecht poses the question “can a good person exist in a world that is not good?”
The production is directed by Ann Shanahan, assistant professor of Theatre at Loyola. Her Chicago professional directing credits include The Vagabond and The Turn of the Screw for City Lit Theatre, Lies and Legends, Wasp, Warrior, and The Living for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Shanahan chose The Good Woman of Setzuan because of its relevant social critique, especially concerning gender. She feels that it is important that students are exposed to Brecht’s work in its original form so that they can better understand and appreciate the influence he had on playwrights that have followed him.
Loyola senior, Nick Sieben, is designing the scenery for this production, as his capstone experience in design. Other design team members include Amy Gabbert, (costumes) a freelance costume designer and art instructor in Chicago; Lee Keenan, (lights) Instructor of Lighting at Loyola; and Mark Elliott, (musical direction) an instructor at DePaul, who composed original music for the production.
The Good Woman of Szetuan runs November 7-16, 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 & staff. Loyola’s Kathleen Mullady Theatre is located just a crosswalk away from the Loyola CTA Red Line station. Special Note: As part of the Dramatic Dialogues series there is a special panel discussion following the November 13th performance in which production team members, faculty experts and the director will discuss the themes of the play with the audience.
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 15,600 students, which includes more than 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.