An Unusal Birthday Party for Thomas Merton

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cast of 'The Glory of the World.' Cast of 'The Glory of the World.' (Joan Marcus)

To mark last year's centennial of the birth of the writer and theologian Thomas Merton, the Actors Theater of Louisville has produced a play about him called "The Glory of the World." Merton spent much of his life in a Trappist monastery near Louisville.

The play, written by Charles Mee and directed by Les Waters, has now blown its way into the Harvey Theater at BAM. The play is by no means a straightforward biographical drama and, in fact, it's unusual enough that we’ll just let New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explain.

"The Glory of the World" can be seen at the Harvey Theater through Feb. 6.

Comments [2]

Julie Leininger Pycior from History Department, Manhattan College

Oops -- here's the link describing BEARING WITNESS, complete with a great Merton photo http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-leininger-pycior/the-the-two-challening-vi_b_8193224.html

Jan. 27 2016 09:42 AM
Julie Leininger Pycior from History Department, Manhattan College

Thanks for posting this! Yes, Merton is endlessly fascinating and influential.

The Dalai Lama says Merton was the first person to convey to him the essence of the Christian ethos (as I will point out in my book BEARING WITNESS: DOROTHY DAY, THOMAS MERTON, AND THE QUESTION OF BELIEF IN TIMES OF CRISIS.)

Jan. 27 2016 09:37 AM

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