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Award-Winning Playwright to Visit Loyola University Drama Department

Loyola press release - October 21, 2002

John Guare, one of America’s most well-known and influential playwrights and screenwriters will visit the Loyola University Department of Drama and Speech on October 30-November 4. His appearance will precede the opening of his epic play Women and Water on November 15 in Loyola’s Marquette Theatre.

Mr. Guare will be collaborating with director Lane Savadove on both the script and the rehearsal process. The playwright and the director have previously worked together at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and at New York Theater Workshop.

Mr. Guare will be the guest artist at a public forum, The Future of Theatre and Film In America: A Forum with John Guare. Loyola Communications Professor Larry Lorenz will moderate. It will be open to the public, on Monday, November 4 at 7 p.m., in Marquette Theatre on Loyola University’s campus. The issues to be discussed include the future of theatre and film in America, the writing process and artistic collaboration. He will also hold informal workshops with Loyola students.

For many, John Guare has been the most influential playwright in reinventing American Theater. For two decades Mr. Guare has led drama down a previously un-forged path. He has challenged the kitchen sink style of American realism in order to take the audience into the dangerous terrain of inner truths and unfulfilled dreams.

In theater, John Guare has received 3 Obie Awards, 3 Tony awards (along with numerous nominations) 2 New York Drama Critics Circles Awards, and the British Olivier award, all for best new play. In film, Mr. Guare has received the Cannes Film Festival award for best original screenplay for Taking Off (with Milos Foreman), and his screenplay Atlantic City won critics awards for best original screenplay in the New York and Los Angeles Film Festivals and the Venice Film Festival Grand Prize as well as earning him an Academy Award nomination. He is best known for his plays House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, which was also made into a blockbuster hit film starring Stockard Channing, Will Smith, and Donald Sutherland. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been enshrined in the Theater Hall of Fame.

“Guare’s visit and public forum promise to be a rare look inside on of theater’s greatest artists. It will be a rare treat for New Orleans audiences,” said Georgia Gresham, chair of the Department. This forum is sponsored by the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech, Loyola College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola Course Development Committee and the Biever Lecture Series Committee. For more information, call 865-3824.

Women and Water will run in the Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on November 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m., and November 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information call 865-3824.