Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Presents Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Play
As Part of Anniversary Celebration
CHICAGO, November 11, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts continues its 2015–2016 Mainstage Theatre season on Friday, November 13, with Galileo, written by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Mark E. Lococo. The play is presented as part of Loyola’s 400th anniversary celebration of Galileo’s famous essay, Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina.
In the play, as famed Renaissance scientist Galileo sees his influence wane and his bank account shrink, he stumbles across a chance to change the face of scientific theory. When pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and his own family begins to boil over, Galileo must decide what he values most: breakthroughs or comforts, love or fame, fact or fiction.
Director Mark E. Lococo says he is working to give the theatre space “an atmosphere appropriate for the presentation of science as well as the presentation of drama.”
Professional actor and artist-in-residence Ross Lehman will tackle the title role in Galileo. Having appeared on the stage at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lehman is aware of the gravitas that comes with the role.
“I hate it when people overuse the word, ‘humbling,’ but it is,” he says. “It’s really wild to think that an idea can change the world.”
Galileo runs Friday, November 13, through Sunday, November 22. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, November 20, performance. 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 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10–$20 with discounts available for senior citizens and Loyola students, alumni, faculty, and staff with advanced tickets purchases. Preview tickets are available at the door for $6 for students and $8 for general admission.
The Newhart Family Theatre is located on the second floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 1020 W. Sheridan Road, on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets can be purchased online. Contact the box office at email@example.com 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 more than 16,000 students. Nearly 11,000 undergraduates 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 11 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, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 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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