Undergraduate Theatre Production Explores Power of Faith, Religion

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On Thursday, April 22, the saints are marching in. “The Saint Plays,” which open at the Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m., has a unique connection to the University of San Diego. Part of the play is written in honor of Sister Sally Furay, RSCJ, for her contributions to the University of San Diego. Sister Furay, who served as provost and vice president of the university, introduced theatre to USD through a club called the Alcalá Park Players.

“The Saint Plays” is directed by Robert Barry Fleming and written by Eric Ehn who is known for his dedication to alternative theatre and his ability to combine the arts with contemporary ideas and human rights issues.

The play offers an abstract interpretation of the lives of saints and encourages the audience to seek their own meaning of religious images, historical figures, and ultimately faith. This theme of exploration first inspired Fleming’s interest in play, and drew him to USD because of its deep connection to the Catholic faith. According to Fleming, “No other piece directly explored this ongoing commitment as well as ‘The Saint Plays’.” (Full Story Inside USD)

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