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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Begins Theatre Season with WWII Era Production
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon
CHICAGO, September 16, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) debuts its 2013–2014 mainstage theatre season on September 27 in the Newhart Family Theatre with Lost in Yonkers directed by Dr. Mark E. Lococo.
Set during WWII, two brothers are left in the care of their strict, formidable grandmother and loving, eccentric aunt in this Tony, Drama Desk, and Pulitzer-Prize winning play by America’s master of laughter and tears, Neil Simon. The boys learn lessons of duty, devotion, trust, and forgiveness in this coming-of-age tale.
“We hope the play will strike a chord with audiences because of what it says about family, about responsibility, and about growing up,” said Lococo.
Playing the role of the formidable “Grandma Kurnitz,” Dr. Sarah Gabel, Loyola theatre professor and chairperson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is experiencing a rarity in this production by acting alongside students.
“I feel like it’s a privilege,” said Gabel. “It’s an opportunity to interact and intersect with students in a way I don’t normally get to.” Gabel, who has directed numerous productions at Loyola, is being directed by Lococo, a long-time colleague and friend. Gabel says she respects the roles in every way. “There are a few times I’ve probably felt like there’s an instinctual thing that comes as a director that I need to just put aside, but that’s what I’m doing,” said Gabel. “It’s nice to just be an actor.”
The Newhart Family Theatre is one of the newest, state-of-the-art fine arts spaces within the 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. All three of Newhart’s sisters attended Mundelein College as well.
Lost in Yonkers opens Friday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, October 6. 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, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 – $20, 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. Tickets can be purchased online at LUC.tix.com. 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 100 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. More than 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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