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'The Witness' kicks off spring theatre festival

April 5, 2013

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans presents “The Witness,” an award-winning, one-act play written by professor emeritus the Rev. Ernest Ferlita, S.J. The play is part of the Senior One-Act Festival and is set to run in the Lower Depths Theater April 7 at 2 p.m. and April 8 and 9 at 7 p.m.

“The Witness” explores the 1989 murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter by the U.S.-funded El Salvadoran military. Based on real-life events during the Salvadoran Civil War, the dramatization recounts the story through the eyes of two witnesses. Directed by theatre arts major Rachel Christian, the production is in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and the Department of Languages and Cultures. “The Witness” first premiered at Loyola in 1999 under the direction of alumnus Mead Jones in memory of the 10th anniversary of the murders.

The Senior One-Act Festival will continue with additional plays produced and directed by theatre arts majors April 15, 16 and 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m.

Admission to the performances is free, and parking is available in the West Road Garage accessible from St. Charles Avenue. For more information, call 504-865-3840.

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