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Director of Public Programming
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts Announces 2011-12 Theatre Season
CHICAGO, September 7, 2011 – Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is thrilled to begin an exciting theatre season this upcoming academic year. The 2011-2012 year will be the last season in the historic Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus. Highlights from the season will include an exciting Broadway musical, a classic American drama, and a Shakespeare festival. Tickets are on sale now. Here is a look at some of the great productions that are coming your way:
Into the Woods | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Sarah Gabel | November 3-13, 2011:
A modern twist on conventional fairy tale lore, the “happily ever after” takes center stage this fall. Several of Grimm’s familiar characters come to life and face new challenges in this enchanting and popular Broadway favorite.
Measure for Measure | By William Shakespeare | Directed by Mark E. Lococo | February 9-19, 2012:
In the moral universe of Shakespeare’s Vienna, “some rise by sin and some by virtue fall.” This is the setting of Shakespeare’s unconventional comedy of ethics, deception, and hypocrisy. Measure for Measure arrives at Loyola this spring as part of a collaborative Shakespeare Celebration with Bradley University and Western Illinois University.
A Streetcar Named Desire | By Tennessee Williams | Directed by Jonathan Wilson | April 12-22, 2012:
Set in the steamy streets of New Orleans, William’s drama offers an atmospheric portrait of desperation, deception, and sexual chemistry. The play demonstrates the conflict between the iconic figures of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, and presents one of the most well-known, tragic story lines in 20th-century theatre.
Other exciting theatre events include: a workshop production of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, adapted for the stage by Loyola faculty member Ann Shanahan, staged readings highlighting experiences from the transgender community, and staged selections from The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.
As stated above, the 2011-2012 mainstage theatre season is the last that will take place exclusively in the Mullady Theatre. The Building has served as the primary performance space on campus since it was built in 1968, the same year that the Department of Theatre was first established. Most performances will move to a brand new theatre and studio space in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, slated to open in August 2012. For this one last season, audience members can enjoy Mullady’s intimate proscenium and relive cherished memories as this chapter in the University’s history closes.
Visit LUC.tix.com to purchase individual tickets and subscriptions, which are on sale now. Subscribers save up to 15% on single tickets. Learn more about subscription packages and benefits at blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive, call the Box Office at 773.508.3847, or email BoxOffice@LUC.edu with questions or concerns. Summer office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from noon to 4 p.m.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit LUC.edu/dfpa.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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, and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 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. Loyola is consistently ranked among the top national universities by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.