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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Art Concludes
Theatre Season with Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
CHICAGO, April 10, 2012– Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will conclude its mainstage theatre season with Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, A Streetcar Named Desire.
A Streetcar Named Desire is an atmospheric portrait of deception, desperation, and sexual chemistry. When aging southern belle, Blanche DuBois, runs from a troubled past to live with her sister, Stella, in the French Quarter, she gets caught in the dangerous web of Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski. This Broadway favorite, directed by Loyola theatre professor Jonathan Wilson, is set in the steamy streets of New Orleans.
“This is one of the greatest plays written in all of dramatic literature. Every stage director would jump at the chance to stage this great work, so I am very pleased to have been given this rare opportunity,” Wilson said.
Wilson has directed many plays over the course of his Loyola career, but he feels especially honored to be involved in this year’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
A Streetcar Named Desire opens Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, April 22. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. A preview night will be held Thursday, April 12, 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.
This year’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire wraps up the DFPA’s final season in the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre. A new performance space in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is slated to open in August 2012.
“If there is a lesson I have learned over the years about directing, it is that you are only as good as the last play that you do,” Wilson recalled, reflecting on more than 40 shows directed in the theatre since 1976. “So I am honored and delighted to be directing A Streetcar Named Desire. It seems most appropriate for the last show in the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre.”
As a final goodbye to the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre, an alumni reception will be held in the Centennial Forum Student Union’s Bremner Lounge immediately following the closing performance on Sunday, April 22.
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. Tickets can be purchased online at LUC.tix.com or by contacting the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.3847. Visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive for more information.
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.