Loras College presents ‘The One-Day Play’

Students compete with original performances created in 24 hours

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College’s academic theatre honor society, The Guild of Saint Genesis, hosts an original theatre creation competition to kick-off the Loras Players’ 108th season.

The One-Day Play runs one night only, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Auditorium, Hoffmann Hall on the Loras College campus. General admission is $5; Duhawk admission is free. Canned food donations are appreciated.

During a 24-hour lock-in begins Friday at St. Joseph Auditorium and Hoffmann Hall. The One-Day Play (formerly The 1440 Project) pits teams of Loras students against each other in the creation of original one-act plays presented Saturday night.

Student creativity shines under pressure as teams write, direct, perform, design, tech their original productions within the time constraints. Halfway through the lock-in, teams are given a surprise challenge to incorporate into their plays, which may include an unexpected line of dialogue, a featured prop, a new character – nothing’s off limits. Guest judge Art Sunleaf, vice president for student development, will adjudicate and select the best production and performance of the evening.

“The One-Day Play is an excellent opportunity for all students to experience the holistic process of theatre creation while encountering the demands of creative problem solving, time management, and effective interpersonal and public communication,” said Ryan M. Decker, assistant professor and director of theatre. “There’s no way to predict what the final products will be, but they certainly promise to be impressive and entertaining.”

To learn more about The One-Day Play and the rest of the Loras Players and Guild of Saint Genesius season, visit www.loras.edu/campus-life/involvement/loras-players or like the Loras Players on Facebook.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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