COMPANIONS is a two-act play about Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier, and Pierre Favre and the other men involved in founding the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. 2006 marked the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of St. Ignatius Loyola and the five hundredth anniversary of the births of St. Francis Xavier and Blessed Pierre Favre. So it was a good year to produce a play about them. The play has been performed in a number of schools: four in the United States, one in the Philippines, and one in Thailand.
Fr. Ferlita is offering his play COMPANIONS as perhaps a good way to honor these first Jesuits. The play is copyrighted. However if any high school, college or university wishes to produce it, permission is hereby granted to do so. You may download the script from this site in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format. The royalty for each production, if possible, is $35, to be sent by mail to the author:
Rev. Ernest Ferlita, S.J.
6321 Stratford Place
New Orleans, LA 70131-7325
Tel: (504) 394-2411
Fr. Ernest Ferlita, now retired, was professor emeritus of Drama at Loyola University of New Orleans. His first play The Ballad of John Ogilvie was produced Off-Broadway in 1968. Several other plays have been produced Off-Off-Broadway: The Obelisk; Black Medea; and Two Cities, a double bill of two one-act plays The Mask of Hiroshima (published in Best Short Plays 1989) and The Bells of Nagasaki. Another one-act play The Witness was one of the winners of the 1999/2000 Love Creek One-Act Play Festival, and his first ten-minute play Come Home, Come Home was chosen to be a part of Love Creek Productions Autumn One Acts 2003. His play Ma-Fa, based on the life of Adam Schall, a Jesuit astronomer in China, was awarded the second prize of the International Competition of Religious Drama for the Great Jubilee in the Year 2000. Fr. Ferlita is also author of several books and librettist for two operas: Dear Ignatius, Dear Isabel and Edith Stein.