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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Continues
Mainstage Theatre Season with A Doll’s House
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Dedicates Performance
to Late Professor
CHICAGO, February 24, 2016 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) continues its 2015–2016 mainstage theatre season on Friday, February 26, with A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Ann M. Shanahan.
In A Doll’s House, which is set in 19th century Norway, things are not as they seem in the Helmer household. The overbearing pressures of patriarchal Victorian society have made Nora and Torvald strangers to one another. After being blackmailed by a mutual acquaintance, Nora inadvertently finds an opportunity to fully realize her self-worth despite the confines of her oppressive, doll-like existence. The play stresses social constructs surrounding gender, examining stereotypes, labels, and binary divisions.
“Many of the same constructs that Ibsen critiques around hetero-normative marriage and creation of private domestic space founded on a contract between one man and one woman are still with us today,” said Shanahan, an associate professor of theatre. “The same tensions of the late 19th century impact our culture, not only in relation to gender, but also stereotypes pertaining to categories such as religion, ethnicity, race, class, age, and ability.”
The production is dedicated to the late Nan Withers-Wilson, a beloved professor of Loyola’s theatre department who taught dramatic literature, voice and diction, and dialects.
A Doll’s House runs through Sunday, March 6, at the Newhart Family Theatre. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be signing at the Friday, March 4, 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, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket discounts for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and senior citizens are only available for tickets purchased in advance. Any tickets purchased the night of the performance will be general admission pricing ($10-$20). Preview tickets are $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 at 1020 W. Sheridan Road on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. 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 16,500 students. More than 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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