Sunday, July 13, 2008

Shakespeare in Jersey

Saturday, after the parish picnic at Mount Paul in Oak Ridge, NJ, I stayed in the Garden State for the evening.

I joined Rosemary Azzaro and the crew from the West Essex Young Adult Ministry for a picnic followed by a performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," a comical summary of The Bard's works performed at an outdoor Greek theater at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown.

I joked my attendance was a "pre-screening" of sorts. The West Essex group has invited me to be their speaker on Monday, July 28, for a Theology on Tap presentation entitled: "Faith in Politics?" I'll be speaking about political engagement and the presidential race in the context of the U.S. Bishops' document "Faithful Citizenship." The TOT will be held at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell beginning around 7 p.m. (If you are in that part of the world and you're free that night, please join us!)

The play was fun -- and it was certainly enjoyable in an outdoor amphitheater built into a hillside (despite noise from fireworks in the distance and that of planes overhead going to and from a nearby airport).

Here are some promotional shots from The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey:

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