FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts Continues Theatre Season with Comedic Shakespearean Production
CHICAGO, October 24, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) continues its 2013–14 mainstage theatre season on November 15 in the Newhart Family Theatre with Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Shanahan.
Written in the early 17th century, Shakespeare presents a comedy set in the household of Olivia as the lovesick Duke Orsino and the supercilious steward Malvolio compete for her affection. As the disguised Viola woos Olivia on the lord’s behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follow that explore love in its madness, its pain, and its ability to transform. Shakespeare shows his amusing side in this production as many twists and turns of the storyline land it upside down in comedy.
“It has been such a blast this semester because I feel like I have been living in Shakespeare, and I have been falling into a deeper and deeper appreciation of him as an artist and a genius of culture and a man of the theatre,” said Shanahan.
Shanahan has directed other Shakespearean productions, including Loyola’s Love’s Labour’s Lost nearly nine years ago. She also teaches a Shakespearean acting class at Loyola. With the help of the designers and actors, Shanahan has transformed Twelfth Night to take place in the 1910 Vaudeville era creating a lot of room for creativity, while interweaving already established themes like feminism.
“I wanted to represent what theatre was in the 1910s and so we located it around Vaudeville,” said Shanahan.
Twelfth Night opens Friday, November 15, and runs through Sunday, November 24. 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, November 14, 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 one of the newest, state-of-the-art fine arts spaces within the newly renovated Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. It is located on the second floor 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 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 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 GraduateSchool. 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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