Loyola Student Dispatch Staff Report
Loyola University Chicago students will be teaming with a group of performance artists, a puppeteer, a punk rocker and some clowns to produce a series of unique artistic projects.
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) and Pivot Arts are teaming on their performing arts incubator program that debuts this month and continues into spring.
Here is a news release from the university:
Pivot Arts and Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) are furthering their performing arts incubator program this November. Students will participate in four new projects and will work alongside puppeteer Blair Thomas; playwright Mark Guarino, who is teaming up with rocker Jon Langford; performers in the clown show Hearts and Brains; and The Dilettantes, the developers of an interactive game.
The incubator program begins with nationally respected puppeteer and founder of Redmoon Theater Company, Blair Thomas. Thomas is creating puppetry work accompanied by the music of Chopin that will tour local living rooms in December and Chicago Park District spaces in spring 2014. Entitled Chopin “Scherzo in B Minor,” the piece is one of three works comprising Blair Thomas’s A Piano with Three Tales, and will feature original characters and narrative, rod-style puppets, and a live pianist.
Playwright and rock journalist Mark Guarino teams up with Jon Langford, rocker and founder of British band The Mekons, to create a new musical about a man with an ailing wife who convinces the city of Roswell, NM, to build an alien theme park. The recession hits, the plans are cancelled, and his dream dies.
Hearts and Brains will further develop Gashlycrumb Orphange, an immersive clown show based on the gleefully macabre world of author, illustrator, and Rogers Park native Edward Gorey. Two performers, Lacy Catherine Campbell and Jeff Trainor, present the stories of individual orphans’ arrival at Gashlycrumb through an exploration of theatrical genres.
The Dilettantes will develop Science Night, a live, interactive game composed of middle-school style science experiments. The Dilettantes is a three-person collective consisting of: Erika Grammel, Rebecca Stevens, and Aaron Weissman. They seek to create artistic experiences out of ordinary life by selecting things decidedly unassociated with art or theatre (for example, the scientific method) and creating an interactive performance.
This is the second year of the incubator program; last year’s artists included: Chicago Opera Vanguard, Dog and Pony Theater Company, and playwright/musician Ruth Margraff, along with her band, Café Antarsia Ensemble.
The incubator program will culminate in a public showing and reception on Monday, March 31, 2014. For more information, click here.