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Loyola University New Orleans presents Spring drama season opener, Open Fire

Loyola press release - February 1, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans Department of Speech and Drama will present Open Fire, by Howard Burman, a theatrical evocation of the alienation of American youth. It will run in the Lower Depths Theater on February 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and on February 11 at 2 p.m. The theater is located in the Communications/Music Complex, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.

The play is very loosely based on different school shootings that have occurred around the nation. Teenage alienation and pain are examined but no glib, easy answers are offered. The characters are lonely outsiders who recognize their own sense of impotence and inadequacy. In a highly theatrical form, this piece addresses many of the other issues raised by these harrowing events: gun control laws, school violence and the anger and frustration survivors still contend with daily, for example. However, the play does not glamorize violence but sees it as the desperate response of children who have been wounded by a callous society.

Joanne Gordon, Ph.D., will direct the play. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 865-3824.