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 dramaturgy. Plays are taught not as literature but as blueprints for theatrical production.
Essential to 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 Sara Kane
November 6-8, 2014
Crave by Sara Kane is a sort of tone poem, spoken by four voices, two male and two female. All the voices reflect individuals desperate and tormented because of their inability to make human connections. The characters involved in this play are as tenuous as the events. The central figure is a young woman who, following years of sexual and emotional abuse, cannot accept love. She progresses from refusing affection to desiring it without relief. 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
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Martin Crimp
February 19-22, 2015
April 16-19, 2015