Friday, April 04, 2008

Opening Night: "Dante's Hope"

Tonight, I attended the opening-night performance of "Dante's Hope," a new play by Fr. Harry Cronin, C.S.C.

The play, a production of Blackfriars Repertory Theater, was presented in the sanctuary of St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village under the direction of Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., the editor of Magnificat.

"Dante's Hope" is "a modern retelling of a medieval French legend transposed to present day California. The Blessed Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe) contends with the devil (dressed as a mariachi band member) for the soul of a dead gang leader."

I think my favorite part of the performance was watching actress Jessica Angleskhan carry out what must be the difficult task of bringing "La Virgen" to life -- which she did with grace, style and just the right amount of humor.

"Dante's Hope" continues at St. Joe's this weekend and next.

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