Salesian Center to Honor John Paul II With Dramatic Reading, Mon., April 2
To celebrate the life and mark the second anniversary of the death of John Paul II, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture will host a dramatic reading of "The Jeweler's Shop," a play written by Karol Wojtyla in 1960 when he was Bishop of Krakow at 7 p.m., on Monday, April 2, 2007, on the Arena Stage at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on DeSales University's Center Valley campus.
The play celebrates John Paul II's message about love, marriage, family and the trials, tribulations and triumphs of interpersonal relationships. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Theatre students at DeSales University will perform the dramatic reading, which is directed by Anne Lewis, a faculty member in the University's Department of Performing and Fine Arts.
"The Jeweler's Shop," is a reflection on male/female relationships, marriage and the search for love that is common to all. The character Teresa longs for her husband who was killed in the war. Anna is tempted by infidelity and searches for love that she has not recognized within herself or her husband for many years. Monica and Christopher each deal with the loss of a father - one through death and one through emotional absence.
"Although circumstances may vary, the experiences reflected upon in "The Jeweler's Shop" are universal. By tapping into these universal human themes, Wojtyla understands the shortcomings and problems of any human relationship; yet he captures the human desire to love and be loved and portrays the reality that only by tru love is human life fulfilled," said Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.
Lewis served as director of the DeSales Summer Theatre Institute. She worked professionally in the acting field for over twenty years. Lewis has enjoyed diverse professional experiences from Cabaret shows, to musicals, to Shakespeare. She has done radio shows and commercials as well as television commercials, films, and video work. Two of her most recognizable film credits are Girl Interrupted and Let's Talk. Locally, she was seen as Beline in PSF's The Imaginary Invalid. While running drama camps that she designed and managed, Lewis also adapted children's stories into plays which she directed. Some of her directorial work at DeSales includes The Trojan Women, An Evening of One Act Plays, The Little Foxes, and The Crucible. She has also taught drama and acting for drama arts schools, Jewish community centers, high schools, and universities.
Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, click on the Salesian Center icon on the DeSales University home page at www.desales.edu.
For more information on the program, call the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.
Press Release: Salesian Center to Honor John Paul II With Dramatic Reading, Mon., April 2 | Posted on: 3/27/2007
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu