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Loyola University Chicago Presents The Creative Mnemonic
Entertaining and Challenging Production Opens in the Midwest for the First Time
CHICAGO, January 14, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents its third main-stage production of the season, Mnemonic, a play created by Simon McBurney and Theatre de Complicité. Mnemonic, which questions the understanding of time and the capacity to distort history and retell the past, opens Friday, February 12, 2009, in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Loyola’s production of Mnemonic marks the Midwest premiere of the London hit.
Theatre de Complicité, under Artistic Director Simon McBurney, is known for providing unique theatrical experiences to their audience. They compose their shows collaboratively as a company, allowing it to evolve through sound, sight, motion, film, and often audience interaction. Mnemonic centers around the collision of three lives: a lonely man who lives in a London flat and is unable to sleep, a young woman who has left her family and friends behind to search for her father in Eastern Europe, and a 5,200-year-old corpse discovered in the Italian alps that is being argued over by scientists from the countries surrounding the mountain on which it was discovered. This production will challenge the minds of audiences and challenge their perceptions of continuity in a fragmented world.
Directing this production of Mnemonic is Dr. Mark Lococo, the director of theatre at Loyola University Chicago and a well-known for his work in that Chicagoland area. An atypical work of theatre, Lococo and his students thrived off the piece and its challenges.
“This piece is especially exciting to our students for two reasons. First, it offers the challenge of generating images of our own based on those that Complicité created, and second, because the material itself resonates with all ages, races, and cultures,” Lococo explained. “There’s a strong archetypal foundation to the script itself, and that makes it universally appealing.”
Bringing his unique talent to Loyola for the first time is Mike Tutaj, projection designer for Mnemonic. Tutaj is a renowned sound and video designer in the Chicago area, having worked for Chicago Shakespeare, Barrel of Monkeys, TimeLine Theatre Company, Serendipity, the Hypocrites, The Neo-Futurists, American Theater Company, Teatro Vista, Steep Theater, Noble Fool Theatricals, and the Bailiwick.
Mnemonic runs February 12-22, 2009, with Thursday through Saturday performances taking place at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $6-$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 on the Red Line. Special Note: As part of the Dramatic Dialogues series there is a special panel discussion following the February 19, 2009 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 a quality arts education to students. 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.