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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Continues Theatre Season with Tartuffe
French Comedy Opens February 22 in Newhart Family Theatre
CHICAGO, February 8, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to continue their mainstage theatre season with Tartuffe by Molière, in their brand new theatre space, the Newhart Family Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Wilson, deception lurks everywhere in the world of this subversive comedy as the trickster Tartuffe feigns piety and swindles his way into a Parisian household.
“Molière’s Tartuffe is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of dramatic literature ever written,” said Wilson. “It will be fun for both myself and my cast to work on and perform this absolutely marvelous French comedy, so I am honored and privileged to bring it to the stage.”
In one of his most famous and incisive plays, Molière uses biting wit to juxtapose good and bad, wisdom and folly. A guest at the wealthy estate swindles his way into his host’s inheritance. Orgon, head of the household, becomes obsessed with the trickster Tartuffe and his façade of religious piety throughout the Parisian household.
This production provides acting students with the experience of developing their acting skills through the use of classical language. “I want my actors to flush out Molière’s wonderful sense of humor by a thorough examination of the meaning behind every rhymed couplet,” said Wilson. “This means that I must work with my actors to keep them from becoming monotonous and ‘sing-songy,’ but I look forward to working on this challenging, but delightful theatrical experience.”
The Newhart Family Theatre is one of the many new, state-of-the-art fine arts spaces in Loyola’s 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 as well.
Tartuffe opens Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, March 3. 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, February 21, 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, in Rogers Park, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets can be purchased online at LUC.tix.com. Contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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