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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Concludes Theatre Season with Urinetown
Comedic Musical Opens April 12 in Newhart Family Theatre
CHICAGO, March 27, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts concludes its inaugural mainstage theatre season in the Newhart Family Theatre with Urinetown, directed by Mark E. Lococo. Adapted from the original book by Greg Kotis, with music by Hark Hollman, hearts are broken and linens are soiled when a sleazy government alliance with a water regulation company raises fees on private bathrooms, inciting a rebellion.
“Urinetown is a flat-out, satirical parody,” said Lococo. “Housed in it are musical and choreographic references to other major works and so this places it in a different style than anything I can recall us producing.”
Kotis cunningly highlights pertinent satirical issues using infectiously biting wit, creating this widely-celebrated tale about persistence prevailing over persecution. Heroic Bobby Strong fights to fully retain the rights to the restroom with the assistance of admirer Hope Cladwell despite the looming presence of the Urine Good Company CEO, who is also her father.
This production was a grand artistic and stylistic challenge for the ensemble, a challenge they embraced with commendable fervor. “Watching them invest so fully in their performances and characterizations, and express it musically and choreographically as well, is exciting to watch. It offers a testament to how multi-talented so many of our students are,” raved Lococo.
Although the musical is most certainly successful as a comedy in its own right, Lococo wishes for more than just a good laugh from the audience. “In true Brechtian ambition, I hope they think about, and perhaps act upon, some of the thematic foundations of the piece,” he said.
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 allows 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.
Urinetown opens Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, April 21. 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, April 11, 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 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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