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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Continues Theatre Season with Southern Memoir
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents From the Mississippi Delta
CHICAGO, February 11, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) continues its 2013–2014 mainstage theatre season on February 21 in the Newhart Family Theatre with From the Mississippi Delta by Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, directed by Jonathan Wilson.
Set in an era laden with racial tensions, Holland presents a dramatic memoir of her journey from poverty and prostitution in the Jim Crow South to a position of influence in civil rights activism. Aint Baby and her daughter Phelia attempt to rise above their tragic prospects with harrowing episodes tempered with humor and tenderness.
During the rehearsal process the cast underwent intensive research tactics and rigorous dialect training to truly create each character. “This is not really a play we are doing. This is Dr. Holland talking to the audience about her life,” Wilson said.
Wilson has had a long directorial history with this production, including a seven-month run Off-Broadway at New York City’s Square Theatre in 1991: a theatre season where Time magazine voted the play as one of its top-10 productions.
“In some way I feel a part of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Wilson. “I think the students at Loyola should have the opportunity to learn about this great movement and Dr. Holland’s involvement within it as well.”
From the Mississippi Delta opens Friday, February 21, and runs through Sunday, March 2. There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at the February 28 performance. Thursday through Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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