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Loyola Stages Vogel's Oldest Profession

Loyola press release - February 2, 2004

(New Orleans)—A unique and challenging work by a major American playwright will be the first spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel will open in the Lower Depths Theater on February 10. It will be directed by Lane Savadove.

The story takes place on a park bench in New York City, 1981. The characters are five “working girls” at the end of their very long careers, the youngest being 72 years old. While waiting for appointments with their gentlemen, the women reminisce about their early days in New Orleans’ Storyville and argue about their limited options today.

Paula Vogel is known for writing about controversial topics with depth and humor. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1998 for How I Learned to Drive, which dealt with the subject of pedophilia. She has also written plays concerning AIDS, pornography, and gay and lesbian relationships.

“A description of the plot merely scratches the surface of this play,” said Savadove. “The play addresses multiple themes, such as the economic situation of women in a male society, the need for security in old age, and the fear of death and change. Paula Vogel attacks these themes with her typical insight, wit and mastery of language.”

The Oldest Profession will play in the Lower Depths Theater, St. Charles at Calhoun, on February 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 General Admission, $7 students and seniors. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-3824.