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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Launches First Collegiate Shakespeare Festival
Local Universities Team with Loyola in Shakespeare Production
CHICAGO, February 6, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) begins 2012 with a new production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Opening Friday, February 10, this production will be the first collegiate Shakespeare festival held at Loyola in collaboration with other universities within Illinois.
Measure for Measure, set in the moral universe of Shakespeare’s Vienna where “some rise by sin and some by virtue fall,” is an unconventional comedy of ethics, sexuality, and deception. Beginning when a judge, in an attempt to strengthen a moral code, deems Claudio’s marriage illegal and throws him in prison, Measure for Measure follows Claudio’s virtuous sister, Isabella, as she barters for his life and strives to expose the corrupt substitute ruler in an attempt to save her innocent brother.
“Measure for Measure is a fascinating play in the university setting during an election year because of its themes of moral hypocrisy, moral legislation, and the dangers of insisting on moral absolutism,” says the play’s director Mark E. Lococo, director of Loyola University Chicago’s theater program. “Characters get into terrible trouble when they are unable or refuse to acknowledge compromise in ethical situations. Mostly everyone can relate to the abuse of authority as it’s presented in the play, but it’s also an entertaining comedy that provokes thought and discussion.”
Measure for Measure runs through Friday, February 17, with performances on Thursday through Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. The following weekend, the Shakespeare festival continues as the DFPA welcomes students from Bradley University and Western Illinois University, presenting productions of The Tempest and The War of the Roses, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s combined Henry plays.
Measure for Measure is the second to last production in the Mullady Theatre. Friends, neighbors, and alumni are invited to campus to enjoy the Mullady Theatre before the move to the new performance space in the historic Mundelein Center next fall. The season will conclude with A Streetcar Named Desire in April.
General admission tickets for regular performances are $15, and discounts are available for students, seniors, faculty, staff, and alumni. Tickets to the preview performance on Thursday, February 9 are $5 at the door. A Groundling Pass, which grants admission to the Friday, February 17 performance of Measure for Measure, both guest performances on Saturday, February 18, and a Shakespeare workshop on Sunday, February 19, is available to the general public for $15 and Loyola students for $10.
Tickets and festival passes are available online at LUC.tix.com or at the box office an hour prior to performances. Contact the box office at 773.508.3847 or BoxOffice@LUC.edu with questions or concerns, and visit blogs LUC.edu/ArtsAlive for information about upcoming events.
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.