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The Twice Born opens at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - October 23, 1998

(New Orleans)—The premiere of The Twice-born by award-winning playwright Ernest Ferlita, S.J., will be presented in Marquette Theater from November 6 - 14. The second production of Loyola University Theatre season produced by the Department of Drama and Speech will be directed by Trellis Stepter.

The Twice-born, based on the Greek myth Hippolytus, has been set in New Orleans in the 1820's. A tale of love, betrayal and intrigue in the steamy South, it tells the story of a woman who falls desperately in love with her stepson. A tragicomedy, the events portrayed illustrate the rebirth of more than one of the characters.

Playwright Ernest Ferlita has been a member of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech for over twenty years. His play Black Medea was produced at the international Spoleto Festival USA and in New York where it took four awards at the Black Theatre Festival. The Mask of Hiroshima was included in The Best Short Plays 1989 and produced in New York at the Spectrum Stage Company.

Trellis Stepter, a Loyola alumnus, is thrilled to be able to return to his alma mater as a guest director. Trellis now lives and works in New York City, where he settled after completing his studies at the Julliard School in 1992.

"Ernest Ferlita is one of our most successful directors," said Georgia Gresham, chair of the department of drama and speech, "and it is wonderful to present another facet of his talent to our students and to the public. Having his play directed by an accomplished graduate really strengthens the Loyola connections."

The Twice-born will run November 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m. and November 8 at 3 p.m. in Marquette Theatre, 6363 St. Charles Avenue. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $7 for students, seniors and faculty. Group discounts are available. For more information, contact the Loyola University Theatre Business Office at (504) 865-3824.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.