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Loyola theatre presents classic Russian comedy "Heart of a Dog"

March 12, 2010

“Heart of a Dog,” Frank Galati’s modern adaptation of Bulgakov’s classic comedy, closes the 2009-10 theatrical season for Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Written as a reaction to the socialist revolution, “Heart of a Dog” is a wonderfully witty 1920s Russian comedy brought to the Loyola stage by director Benjamin Clement. It runs March 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m. and March 14 at 2 p.m., in Marquette Theatre, located in Marquette Hall on Loyola's main campus.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students, seniors and Loyola employees. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074. Group rates are available. A portion of every ticket purchased will go directly to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In the story, Professor Preobrajensky is a rejuvenation specialist who has made a successful career of restoring sexual prowess to an aging bourgeoisie. One evening, with aspirations of scientific greatness, the professor lures home a stray dog to be his latest test subject. The dog, like the proletariat, will put up with anything as long as his stomach is full. Then one day, the professor transplants human testes and a pituitary gland into Sharik, the dog. Sharik loses his hair and tail becoming Sharikov, the human, with a consuming taste for vodka, chasing women and politics.

Bulgakov was well on his way to being a bestselling author and playwright but his criticisms of the Soviet regime banned his works from publication. “Heart of a Dog,” takes issue with a housing crisis, healthcare reform and what it means to be human, and as a result, was denied publication in Russia for 40 years.

“The story will feel amazingly current as the American landscape continues to discuss the new political climate, socialized medicine and the incredible advances in genetic engineering that have led to a 2009 Louisiana law enacted to ban animal/human hybrids,” said Clement. “The production will up the amperage on physical comedy while honoring the question, ‘what makes a man - nature vs. nurture?’”

The LA/SPCA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering. Through proactive programs such as education and community outreach to reactive solutions like aggressive adoption programs and low cost spay neuter services, the LA/SPCA is driven to provide the animals of our region with the best possible quality of life.

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