The highly anticipated Loras production is finally here. This weekend is opening weekend for the Loras Players’ show, “R.U.R.”
“R.U.R.” is by Czech playwright Karel Capek. Rossum’s Universal Robots factory manufactures millions of androids with no souls, desires or feelings. However, the Humanitarian League wants to improve their condition. Thus, the formula for their creation is secretly changed, and 10 years later the robots are in full revolt.
While Loras Players director, Doug Donald, is on sabbatical this year, the players have had an interim director step in to help out. Lenore Howard is a professional playwright and actress, who also runs Fly By Night Theatre Company here in Dubuque.
“It’s been a real pleasure working with these students,” Howard said. “They’ve stretched me, and I hope I’ve challenged them to think outside the box.”
Junior Emma Horst has a lead in the show.
“I’m so excited to perform R.U.R.,” said Horst. “It’s been so much fun working with new people to create entertainment that hopefully speaks to others as much as it has spoken to me.”
“R.U.R.” opens Friday, November 7th at 7:30 PM. Saturday’s events will begin at 6:00 PM, with a talk back to discuss the play and it’s background given by Dr. Paul Kohl, Professor of Communication Arts at Loras, who specializes in film studies, popular culture, and Czech culture.
Sunday’s show is at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for general admission, free for Loras affiliates.