Death Comes for the War Poets
Written by Joseph Pearce
Directed by Peter Dobbins
Produced by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.
June 9–24, 2017
A Dramatic Verse Tapestry
Death Comes for the War Poets grapples with the horror of trench warfare as experienced by two of the greatest poets of the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Featuring the poetry of Sassoon and Owen, the drama asks: How does one cope with the horror of war? Is there room for hope? And what of the Spirit of Death? Can Death itself be changed?
Nicholas Carriere Sarah Naughton Michael Raver
Written by Joseph Pearce
Scenic Design • Connor W. Munion
Costume Design • Jennipher Pacheco
Sound Design • Kenneth Goodwin
Lighting Design • Michael Abrams
Choreographer • Jennifer Delac
Production Stage Manager • Tina Truong
Managing Producer • Catherine Kolpak
Producer/Assistant Director • Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P.
Director • Peter Dobbins
Joseph Pearce is an internationally acclaimed author of many books, including the bestsellers The Quest for Shakespeare, and Tolkien: Man and Myth.
There will be a talkback after the June 10th matinee performance with Joseph Pearce & Peter Dobbins, moderated by Dr. Cole Matson, Sheen Center Programming Associate.
The Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, was founded in the 13th century by St. Dominic in order to save souls through preaching and to rectify the corrosive effects of heresy on culture through dedication to the Truth. The Dominican charism esteems art as a formidable witness to the Incarnation and as an invaluable instrument of evangelization.
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre carries on the illustrious theatrical heritage of the Dominican Friars in New York of the Province of St. Joseph. In 1940, Dominican Fathers Urban Nagle and Thomas Carey founded and conducted the Blackfriars Guild: a national association of Catholic theatre companies comprised of twenty-two chapters throughout the country.
Moreover, Fathers Nagle and Carey together ran the only professional level theatre sponsored by a Catholic organization in the United States, and the first religious theatre ever tried in New York City. The Blackfriars Theatre, until recently popularly regarded as the American stages' oldest continuous Off-Broadway theatre, was Located at 320 West 57th Street. Blackfriars provided the proverbial great first break to several acclaimed theatre artists including playwright Robert Anderson, actors Geraldine Page, Eileen Heckart, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Darren McGavin, and Shelley Berman, and producer Elizabeth McCann.
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre preserves the philosophy and ideals of the original Blackfriars Guild dedicated to producing plays of artistic merit which reflect the spiritual nature of man and his destiny. This new initiative is comprised of a devoted company of priests and lay people. Blackfriars Repertory Theatre is committed to producing high quality theatre of all kinds that edifies, uplifts, entertains, and inspires.
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre works in close collaboration with the Providence College Theatre Arts Department, with Compagnia Elsinor, an association of three theatres throughout Italy under the direction of Franco Palmieri and with St. Malachy's Church, The Actors Chapel, New York City.