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Loyola University Theatre presents 2004-2005 Fall Season

Loyola announcement - August 17, 2004

The American myth is explored in an entertaining fusion of provocative stories, Hollywood glitz, and Shakespeare's poetry. Three new plays and a Shakespearean selection bring the real and the fantastical to the 2004-2005 Loyola University stage.

Now Let Me Fly by Marcia Cebulska

A Theatrical Act of Unity.

Now Let Me Fly, an inspiring play by award-winning writer Marcia Cebulska is based on oral histories and personal interviews with the real people involved in the struggle leading to Brown v. Board of Education. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned separate but equal, ending legal segregation and jump-starting the Civil Rights Movement, the Brown Foundation commissioned the play, Now Let Me Fly. With the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, lead attorney in the Brown case, brave citizens held grassroots meetings across the nation in homes, schools, church basements and barbershops. Now Let Me Fly is an uplifting play that brings to life the unsung heroes and heroines who set the stage for legal action.

Dane Rhodes will direct the Louisiana premiere of Now Let Me Fly in Lower Depths Theatre, October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m. and October 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig

A COMIC COLLISION

Ken Ludwig's new play Shakespeare In Hollywood is an entertaining fusion of farce and nostalgia. Welcome to Tinseltown, 1934, where sexy starlets, cigar-chomping producers, fawning yes-men, and ga-ga columnists collide in a delectable blend of farce, fact, and fantasy. When filmmaker Max Reinhardt's remake of A Midsummer Night's Dream loses its leading men, a flash of madcap magic allows Shakespeare's Oberon and Puck to play themselves on the silver screen. The magic of La-La Land is taken to a whole new level. Shakespeare's spirits mingle with Hollywood's, don sunglasses, chase skirts, fall in love and, as in "Midsummer," get caught up in the affairs of mere mortals.

Ryan Rilette, Loyola New Orleans alumnus, returns to direct this showbiz send-up in

Marquette Theatre, November 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 8:00 p.m. and November 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden Based on Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

A darkly humorous odyssey of working America.

Nickel and Dimed the award-winning play based on Barbara Ehrenreich's national bestseller Nickel & Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America, recently won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for playwright, Joan Holden. In its regional premiere, Nickel and Dimed captures Ehrenreich's provocative, funny, and often disturbing experiences of working America.

All it takes to make it in this country is a little hard work, right? How do you survive on $6 an hour? In 1998, best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich set out to answer that question, presenting herself as an unskilled homemaker needing to earn a living after a divorce. Working minimum wage jobs as a waitress, cleaning woman and discount store clerk, Ehrenreich wrote a riveting account of the flip side of American prosperity.

The regional premiere of this arresting, soul-searching and often hilarious adaptation by Joan Holden of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe will be directed by

Anne James in Lower Depths Theatre on February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 p.m. and February 20 at 2:00 pm

Shakespeare Selection to Be Announced

To be selected from the cannon of Shakespeare plays presented in Marquette Theatre, March 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 p.m. and March 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Senior One-Act Festivals will round out the season with the Fall Senior Project One-Act Festival on December 2, 3, 5 & 6 at 7:00 p.m and the Spring Senior Project One-Act Festival in late April and early May. Produced and directed by the senior class, a rich variety of entertainment is offered in the Lower Depths Theatre with free admission.

Theatre at Loyola originated with the Thespian Troupe in 1849. Continuing a long tradition of dedication to the training of the future theatre artist and audiences of tomorrow, Loyola University Theatre focuses on the training of the undergraduate student while offering diverse and exceptional theatre entertainment to the New Orleans community.

Tickets: $12 General Admission; $8 Students, Children and Senior Citizens

Group Rates Available for all Productions

For more information, call (504) 865-3840.