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The Newhart Family Theatre Season Opens with Productions by Loyola’s Own
Notable Playwrights Present Short Plays from Loyola’s Campus

CHICAGO, October 30, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is proud to kick off their main stage theatre season with Illuminating Voices, a collection of short plays by Loyolans, in the University’s new theatre space, the Newhart Family Theatre. This production is directed by Sarah Gabel, chairperson of the DFPA, and features original stories from the Loyola community. Notable playwrights from the Loyola family, including alumni and faculty, will present short plays set on the familiar grounds of Loyola’s distinctive and constantly evolving campus.

Gabel described this year as a year of change for the DFPA with the completion of the renovation of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts and the opening of the Newhart Family Theatre. To embrace the change and begin new traditions, the DFPA invited alumni and Loyola playwriting professors to write 10-minute plays that occur on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus at the location and time of their choosing. “While the plays differ in style and time period they all address the challenges life changes can present,” said Gabel.

This theatre season begins as a season of “firsts.” This production is the world premiere of Illuminating Voices and also the first production within the brand new Newhart Family Theatre. “Theatre students don’t often get the opportunity to work with new works and theatre artists don’t often get the opportunity to work with living playwrights, so it has been a treat for us to work together with our seven guest playwrights,” said Gabel. Contributions from Michael Bassett, Philip Dawkins, Elizabeth Ledo, Anne McGravie, Nicholas Patricca, Kelli Strickland, and Wanda Christine will celebrate the power of place and the voices of shared experience within the Loyola community.

The Newhart Family Theatre is one of the many new state-of-the-art fine arts spaces within the newly renovated Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. The theatre will allow students to experiment with the latest advancements in audio, video, and lighting technologies available. It has been named in honor of Loyola alumnus and comedian Bob Newhart, who graduated from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business in 1952, and his family. All three of Newhart’s sisters attended Mundelein College.

“When I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 1952 it would never have occurred to me that one day there would be a Newhart Family Theatre on Loyola’s Campus,” said Newhart. “It is a great source of pride and honor for all our families.”

Illuminating Voices opens Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, November 11. 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 1, 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 Newhart Family Theatre is located on the second floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1020 W. Sheridan Road, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Purchase tickets online at LUC.tix.com and use the discount code “LUCBOGO” to take advantage of our buy one, get one free ticket special. Contact the box office at boxoffice@luc.edu or 773.508.8400 with questions or concerns, or 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 one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 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 course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. 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.

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