Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Main Stage Season


Student Playwright Fest
Directed by Emily Ritger

The Production will feature:

Much to Do About Valentine | by Aimee Jaske
The Familiar Perils of a Vacation Bible School Education | by Annika Halonen
Untitled Dream Girl | by Emm Socey


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Three student-written comedic one-act plays will comprise our first Main Stage production kicking off the season. These plays were first developed in the Spring 2023 playwriting course led by instructor of theatre Sandra Delgado. The Student Playwright Festival is an extension of the Theatre Program's focus on developing students' creative voices. You can play a vital role in the development of these new works by attending a performance and sharing your reactions with the student playwrights afterwards.


As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Mark E. Lococo

OCTOBER 19-29, 2023 | THU-SAT @ 7:30PM | SUN @ 2:00PM
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When a tyrant duke becomes jealous and a wrestling match sparks love, the pastoral Forest of Arden suddently becomes a haven for banished cousins Rosalind and Celia, the noble Orlando, and a motley group of shepherds, jesters, and courtiers. In the face of exile, Rosalind and Celia don male disguises and take matters into their own hands in the pursuit of love. All the world's a stage in this rollicking comedy, and its characters are the cleverest of players. Written over 400 years ago but charming as ever, Shakespeare's As You Like It is jam-packed with mistaken identities, mysterious letters, witty banter, and a forest of lovers.


By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by DeRon S. Williams

FEBRUARY 15-25, 2024 | THU-SAT @7:30PM | SUN @ 2:00PM
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Dinner is served in the Frasier household…or at least, it is cooking. With the clock ticking towards Mama’s birthday party, Beverly frantically tries to corral her husband Dayton, daughter Keisha, and siblings Tyrone and Jasmine to throw the perfect party. But there are unseen presences in the Frasier home, and no one escapes their gaze. Under the surface of this searing family comedy simmers an inescapable racism that boils up in the most unsuspecting of ways.


By Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, and Enda Walsh
Directed by Kelly Howe

APRIL 4-14, 2024 | THU-SAT @ 7:30PM | SUN @ 2:00PM
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"In the city of Dublin, music fills the streets and hearts yearn for connection. When Irish musician Guy meets Czech immigrant Girl, their surprising friendship turns heartbreak into hope as the flame of musical inspiration is rekindled. Told through folk music played by the actors, Guy and Girl’s relationship blossoms into something unexpected that will change their lives forever. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Once unravels a simple and uplifting story of love, hope, and the power of music." - Musical Theatre International