Monday, February 16th, 2009
Last Friday’s edition of The New York Times carried a short piece on Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, and Blackfriars Repertory Theatre that celebrated the debut of their new production, “In Charge of the Fire.” Having completed its initial run in New Haven, this play on the life of St. Paul will travel to New York City and other locations around the country. Stay tuned for its Manhattan dates and venues.
Blackfriars’ Play Presents St. Paul as the Man He Was
By CYNTHIA WOLFE BOYNTON
LIKE the ancient Dominican friars who traveled from village to village to preach the word of God, the Rev. Peter John Cameron plans to take the Blackfriars Repertory Theater troupe and their play about Saint Paul on the road.
The play, “In Charge of the Fire,” premiered early this month to full houses at downtown’s Little Theater. Dana Sachs of New Haven and Tom Perretta of Stamford starred in the two-man show, which tells the Bible story of how Paul came to believe in God while on the road to Damascus in 36 A.D.
Like all shows produced by this long-running Catholic theater group, “Fire” was more about realizations than religion – something that surprised Nancy Goldstein of Branford, who attended a performance.
“We never think of saints as real people,” said Mrs. Goldstein. “They’re more like celestial beings. So to see how human Saint Paul was – how he had conflicts and was disliked and really struggled – was something that really stuck with me. As a man, he experienced many of the same questions as you and me.”
From the Dominican Ordo:
Blessed Nicholas was born at Giovinazzo, near Bari, Italy, in 1197. While pursuing studies at Bologna, he was drawn to the Order by a sermon of Saint Dominic who personally gave him the habit and made him one of his traveling companions. He was well-known for his preaching throughout the Roman Province and compiled a concordance of sacred scripture. He died at Perugia in 1256.
you gave Blessed Nicholas a special grace
for preaching your word
and for obtaining the salvation of his neighbors.
With the help of his prayers
may we stand firm in that same holy calling.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.