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Drama and Speech's 2005-06 Theatrical Season

Loyola press release - August 3, 2005

(New Orleans)—The Department of Drama and Speech’s upcoming 2005-06 theatre season at Loyola captures the provocative, funny, and often disturbing experiences of American life through the eyes of some of the best contemporary playwrights being produced with the university productions of Nickel and Dimed, Bright Ideas, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Proof. In addition, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Dicken’s Oliver Twist will bring stunning theatre at its best to the Loyola stage.

Nickel and Dimed is a comic look at minimum wage America from the inside. The play is written by Joan Holden based on Barbara Ehrenreich’s best selling book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. The play will be directed by Anne James. Performances are September 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m with a 2 p.m. matinee on September 10. All performances are in Marquette Theatre.

Eric Coble’s Bright Ideas is the sharp-witted, satirical comedy that proves getting your child into the perfect school can be murder. The play will be directed by Benjamin Clement with performances on October 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for October 9. All performances are in the Lower Depths Theatre.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It which proves “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” is scheduled for November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on November 6. All performances are in Marquette Theatre.

David Auburn’s Proof journeys into the mysteries of something much more complicated than mathematical theories--the mysteries of relationships. Directed by Anne James, performances are scheduled for February 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. on February 12. All performances are in the Lower Depths Theatre.

Charles Dicken’s classic Oliver Twist is adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett with Donald Brady directing. Using Charles Dickens' original words, a handful of tunes stolen from the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, and an ensemble of actors, this powerful version of Oliver Twist brings the dark underbelly of 19th century London back to bold theatrical life. Performances are scheduled for March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m. A Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 26.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $7 for students, children and senior citizens. Group rates available for all productions. For ticket information, call 504-865-3824.