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Loyola Theatre features two new productions

October 26, 2012

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans kicks off the 2012-13 season in November with two new productions, including Noel Coward’s ghostly comedy “Blithe Spirit” and the New Orleans premiere of Tanya Saracho’s “El Nogalar,” an explosive tale of humor and heartache in today’s changing Mexico.

Directed by C. Patrick Gendusa, “Blithe Spirit” is the wickedly spirited comedy about a successful novelist, Charles Condomine, who is haunted by his biggest fan—the spirit of Elvira, his first wife who has been dead for seven years. While working on a novel about the occult, Condomine decides to get a feel for the “real thing” by inviting Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium, to hold a séance at his house. Arcati’s bumbling efforts inadvertently summon his deceased wife. Mayhem ensues as Elvira makes herself at home and tries her best to ensure she won’t spend the afterlife alone. “Blithe Spirit” will run in the Marquette Theater Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

“El Nogalar,” directed by Laura Hope, is a comical and moving story about family and self-identity set against the impending issues plaguing Mexico today. A contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic, “The Cherry Orchard,” Saracho’s play is set in present-day Northern Mexico and portrays an upper-class Mexican family about to lose their pecan orchard. The play charts the family’s experience as their way of life is threatened by encroaching drug cartels, violence and economic upheaval. “El Nogalar” will run in the Lower Depths Theater in the Communications/Music Complex Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for Loyola faculty, staff, students and seniors. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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