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8th annual Festival of One Acts

The Lourdes University Drama Society is proud to announce the 8th annual Festival of One Acts on April 17-19 which will feature original works by the winners of the Society’s 2014 One Act Playwriting Competition. The competition garnered international attention with over 140 submissions from across the U.S. and Canada.

David Vazdauskas of Brunswick, ME, was awarded first-place for his play, Impossible Construction . The famous – but alas, previously dead – graphic artist M.C. Escher comes back to life to pursue a new career as a novelist. The story unfolds in a brilliant series of increasingly surreal twists in which the past, present and future seem to follow no rules.

Second-place playwright, Evan Allgood of Brooklyn, NY, submitted Office Culture in which a man interrogates his coworkers to determine who’s been eating his Greek yogurt. As Tom points a finger at his Broadway-loving and lactose intolerant coworkers, as well as his unreasonable and demanding boss, absurdity ensues.

Witlack’s Disorder, by Richard Manley of New York, NY, captured third place. This play pokes fun at the world of prescription drug advertising, which caters to an American public eager for simple solutions.   

Several scripts that received honorable mention recognition will also premiere during the Festival of One Acts. They include Incoming by Earl T. Roske of Hayward, CA; Intermission for Love by Steven Oberman of San Marcos, CA; and Visiting by Eleanor Burgess of New York, NY.

Performances are scheduled for April 17–19 at 8 p.m. each evening in the Theatre of the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 419-824-3999. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, liberal studies, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Discover us online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

Event date:

Friday April 17 - Sunday April 19, 2015


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