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Loyola University Chicago and Pivot Arts Continue Incubator Program
Second Year of Program Includes Projects with a Puppeteer, Playwright, and More 

CHICAGO, November 18, 2013 – Pivot Arts and Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) are furthering their performing arts incubator program this November. Students will participate in four new projects and will work alongside puppeteer Blair Thomas; playwright Mark Guarino, who is teaming up with rocker Jon Langford; performers in the clown show Hearts and Brains; and The Dilettantes, the developers of an interactive game.

The incubator program begins with nationally respected puppeteer and founder of Redmoon Theater Company, Blair Thomas. Thomas is creating puppetry work accompanied by the music of Chopin that will tour local living rooms in December and Chicago Park District spaces in spring 2014. Entitled Chopin “Scherzo in B Minor,” the piece is one of three works comprising Blair Thomas’s A Piano with Three Tales, and will feature original characters and narrative, rod-style puppets, and a live pianist.

Playwright and rock journalist Mark Guarino teams up with Jon Langford, rocker and founder of British band The Mekons, to create a new musical about a man with an ailing wife who convinces the city of Roswell, NM, to build an alien theme park. The recession hits, the plans are cancelled, and his dream dies.

Hearts and Brains will further develop Gashlycrumb Orphange, an immersive clown show based on the gleefully macabre world of author, illustrator, and Rogers Park native Edward Gorey. Two performers, Lacy Catherine Campbell and Jeff Trainor, present the stories of individual orphans’ arrival at Gashlycrumb through an exploration of theatrical genres.

The Dilettantes will develop Science Night, a live, interactive game composed of middle-school style science experiments. The Dilettantes is a three-person collective consisting of: Erika Grammel, Rebecca Stevens, and Aaron Weissman. They seek to create artistic experiences out of ordinary life by selecting things decidedly unassociated with art or theatre (for example, the scientific method) and creating an interactive performance.

This is the second year of the incubator program; last year’s artists included: Chicago Opera Vanguard, Dog and Pony Theater Company, and playwright/musician Ruth Margraff, along with her band, Café Antarsia Ensemble.

The incubator program will culminate in a public showing and reception on Monday, March 31, 2014.  For more information, click here.

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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