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Director of Public Programming
Dept. of Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Opens Theatre season with Musical Classic Into the Woods
CHICAGO, October 26, 2011– Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is proud to open a new mainstage season with Into the Woods. A modern twist on conventional fairy tale lore, “happily ever after” takes center stage in this enchanting Broadway favorite, directed by associate professor and DFPA chair Sarah Gabel. Familiar characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and a handful of dashing princes, all head to the mythical woods wishing for something out of reach, but an evil witch and a big bad wolf throw obstacles in their overlapping paths to fulfillment. Stephen Sondheim’s score and James Lapine’s book, both Tony award-winning, bring classic fairy tales to life with colorful twists and contemporary edge in this season opener.
Gabel directed Loyola’s last production of Into the Woods in the fall of 1997, which starred Loyola alumnus Ian Brennan of Glee. Although the script remains the same, our interpretation has evolved in light of changes in the world over the last several years.
“When we did the first production, we were hoping to say something about how we as Americans had to work together to solve our problems,” Gabel said. “Expanding that notion, this current production suggests that we have to work together as a world of communities to solve the world’s problems.”
This year’s production of Into the Woods kicks-off the DFPA’s final season in the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre. A brand-new performance space in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is slated to open in August 2012. However, before moving forward the DFPA community will be taking a moment to look back and remember past productions.
“Many of the alumni from the 1997 production work and live in Chicago as performers, producers, and teachers,” said Gabel. “This will be a great way to bring them back to see both the production and the theatre that they loved so much.”
Into the Woods opens Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, November 13. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday evening, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, with discounts available for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens. Preview tickets are available for $5 at the door.
The Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre is located in the Centennial Forum Student Union at 1125 W. Loyola Ave., in Rogers Park on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Due to construction on campus, we recommend consulting our map at blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive/luc-construction. Purchase tickets online at LUC.tix.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.3847 with questions or concerns, or visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.
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 blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.