Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Quest for Shakespare

Last week our actors Kevin O'Brien, Julian Ahlquist and Molly Comer headed down to the studios of EWTN in Birmingham, Alabama to film scenes for The Quest for Shakespeare, a new 13 part series which will be hosted by Shakespearian scholar and author Joseph Pearce.

Joseph makes a compelling case for Shakespeare's Catholicism, and our actors help demonstrate this by performing several scenes from the bard's plays as well as by portraying various historical figures who knew Shakespeare, who studied him, or who were effected by the persecutions of the Elizabethan monarchy.

The series is scheduled to premiere in January of 2009, and will be available on DVD as well.

"Working at EWTN is a tremendous experience," O'Brien notes. "It's a miraculous place, and everyone there is dedicated to his or her faith in a remarkable way."

O'Brien and his actors played over sixty different characters in 56 scenes between them, including scenes from King Lear, Hamlet, As You Like It, Richard II and more. Watch for The Quest for Shakespeare on EWTN!

Smallest of All

The Smallest of All is the fourth mainstage production of the Theater of the Word Incorporated.

The play is by St. Louisan Mother Mary Francis, who served as abbess of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Roswell, New Mexico for many years until her death in 2006 on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

This play is a profound look at the effects of holiness upon the hearts and minds of those who encounter it. It is a masterpiece of dramatic writing - charming and insightful and filled with a keen understanding of human nature and how the love of Our Lady and the grace of Our Lord can work miraculous changes even in the most miserable of men.

Archbishop Raymond Burke has been kind enough to say, "I express my profound gratitude to Theater of the Word Incorporated for producing this play in honor of the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions at Lourdes." We will be staging a command performance for the archbishop sometime in March.

We are offering four performances to the general public - 2 pm matinees Sunday Feb. 17 and Sunday Feb. 24; and 8 pm evening performances Friday & Saturday Feb. 22 & 23. Tickets are $15 per person, with group discounts available. Our Feb. 24 performance features a dinner along with a lecture by Father Joseph Fessio (see below). Call 1-888-840-WORD for more info and to purchase tickets.

Dinner Theater Fundraiser with Father Fessio

The Theater of the Word Incorporated presents
The Smallest of All by Mother Mary Francis, along with dinner and lecture by Father Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press.

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