Loras College to Host “One-Day Play”

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’ 109th 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 the first performance of the fall season. The additional events, all at St. Joseph Auditorium, include:

Duprov: The Other Dean’s List – 7:30 p.m., October 16
Improv comedy showcase featuring sketch comedy by Loras students
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson – 7:30 p.m., October 31 – November 2
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles – 7:30 p.m., November 21-23
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – 7:30 p.m., December 7
The Christmas classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast featuring the Loras Jazz Ensemble


About Loras College

Founded in 1839, Loras College 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 colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).

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