Our goal is to prepare students for the rigorous demands of working in the professional theatre or further study on the graduate level. Required coursework is designed to expose students to all aspects of the collaborative process – acting, directing, designing, and theatre history. Plays are taught not as literature but as blueprints for theatrical production.
Complimenting our training is required participation in our season. There is no pre-casting and no exclusion of underclassman. We are committed to mounting a wide range of plays, exposing students to a wide variety of dramatic literature and a variety of production styles. At Loyola, you will gain valuable experience for your growth as a theatre artist.
The Theatre program at Loyola builds on the longstanding tradition of Jesuit involvement in the theatre. In the contemporary sense, this means a dedication to cura personalis: care for the whole person. Through the teaching of theatre, Loyola seeks to produce well-rounded students able to synthesize theory and practice, body and mind, interpretation and action.
|Poisoned Cup Players
Crave by Sarah Kane
November 6-8, 2014
Eschewing the traditional conventions of most plays, Sarah Kane's penultimate work, Crave, is a play that presents a series of meditations, spoken by four voices, on love and what it means to be loved. The four voices share experiences of joy and suffering in stark, and poetic reflections on love, identity, and desire. Adult themes are explored.
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Tom Stoppard
November 20-23, 2014
Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater. In The Cherry Orchard, his last full-length play, an impoverished landowning family is unable to face the fact that their estate is about to be auctioned off. Lopakhin, a local merchant, presents numerous options to save it, including cutting down their prized cherry orchard. But the family is stricken with denial. The Cherry Orchard charts the precipitous descent of a wealthy family and in the process creates a bold meditation on social change and bourgeois materialism. This version is translated by Tom Stoppard. "...Mr. Stoppard's adaptation is full of classically Stoppard-esque instances of eloquence gone awry." The New York Times.
Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
January 16-18, 2015
Time Stands Still is set in Brooklyn and revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James, who is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. They receive a visit from their friend Richard, a photo editor, who introduces them to his new girlfriend Mandy, who is much younger than he. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James' prospects at a more conventional life.
Friday, January 16 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 18 at 5:00 pm
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Martin Crimp
February 19-22, 2015
When a rhinoceros charges across the town square one Sunday afternoon, Berenger thinks nothing of it. Soon, however, rhinoceros are popping up everywhere and Berenger’s whole world is under threat. What will it take for him to stand up to the increasing menace of rhinoceritis? Written in 1959, Eugene Ionesco’s classic play is a darkly comic look at extremism, totalitarianism, and conformity.
Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 pm
Friday, February 20 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm
April 16-19, 2015