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Loyola University New Orleans Drama Professor’s Play Wins Second Place in National Competition

Loyola press release - September 7, 1999

(New Orleans)—A play by Ernest Ferlita S.J., professor of drama at Loyola University New Orleans, won second place in the International Competition of Religious Drama for the Jubilee of the Year 2000. The play titled MA-FA is based on the life of Adam Schall, a Jesuit astronomer in China. Another play by Ferlita, The Witness, revolves around the interrogation of a witness to the murder of six Jesuits and two women in El Salvador. The Witness was selected for the Love Creek Production 1999 Summer One-act Festival in New York.

Ferlita has authored more than 20 books, 12 plays and numerous articles. Among the plays are Hopkins Performed, a performance and commentary of poems and plays of Gerard Manley Hopkins set to music. The performance has been seen in universities across the country including Venice. Ferlita’s play, The Truth of the Matter, was winner of the 1986 Miller Award and a finalist in the 12th annual Roberts’ Shiras Institute Playwriting Competition. The Mask of Hiroshima won the Christian Theatre Artist Guild prize in 1977, adapted for radio under the title The City of Seven Rivers, it took third prize in the International Catholic Radio Drama Competition in 1982 and first prize in 1985 American Radio Theatre Scriptwriting Competition.