Loyola Kicks Off Senior One-Act Festival with Jesuit Play "The Witness"

The play is being produced as a Latin American Studies Event.

Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, in conjunction with the Latin American Studies Department will be staging The Witness, a play written by award-winning playwright and emeritus professor Ernest Ferlita, S.J., in the Lower Depths Theater on April 7-9. It will be directed by Rachel Christian, as part of the Senior One-Acts Festival. Rachel Christian is a Loyola University New Orleans senior Theatre Arts major with a minor in Latin American Studies. 

The Witness is a dramatization of real events that occurred during the El Salvadorian civil war. Centering on the murders of six Jesuits and their housekeeper and her daughter by the U.S. funded El Salvadorian military in 1989, the play looks at the U.S. involvement in El Salvador through the eyes of two witnesses.The play is being produced as a part of the Loyola University Centennial celebration and as a Latin American Studies Event. 

Father Ferlita, an emeritus faculty member of Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, has been an accomplished playwright for many decades. His thought provoking work in The Witness brings up the issues of state-sponsored terrorism and how far one should go to tell the truth. The Witness premiered at Loyola under the direction of Loyola Alumni Mead Jones, in Lower Depths Theatre in memory of the tenth anniversary of the six Jesuit priests who were murdered in El Salvador.

The Witness will be performed in Lower Depths Theatre, St. Charles Avenue at Calhoun, on April 7 at 2 pm. and April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (504) 865-3840. The Spring Senior One-Act Festival will round out the season on April 15, 16 & 20 @ 7:00 p.m. and April 21 @ 2:00 p.m. Produced and directed by the senior class, a rich variety of entertainment is offered in the Lower Depths Theatre with free admission.

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

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