Ecumenica 7.1 & 7.2

Critical Terms in Religion, Spirituality, Performance Fall 2014 Letter from the Editor Carolyn D. Roark Ceremony Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe Communion Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr Eschatology Jill Stevenson Holy George Drance, SJ Incarnation John Patrick Shanley Invocation Edmund B. Lingan Liminality Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen & Joshua Edelman Liturgy Claire Maria Chambers Medium Alvin Lim Pageant John Bell Performance […]

Robert Askins Interview (video)

Interviewed and Filmed by Michael J. Meindl Interview Conducted on May 28, 2014. This interview spans a number of topics, including Robert’s experience with the Church and various religious figures, which forms the basis of a lot of what gets explored in Hand to God, the development history of the play, and his thoughts on puppetry. […]

Volume 6.2

Ecumenica celebrated a major milestone in our organizational life in 2013: we were officially granted our 501c3 Non-profit Organization designation. This has been the result of countless hours of work by the volunteer staff of the journal, as well as outside friends and supporters, all of whom gave time and attention for a neverending series of meetings, epic paper shuffling, form filling, form filing, and proofreading. Our collective sigh of relief was such that it may have contributed to fall’s blustery weather.

Interview with Kimball Allen

by Heather Beasley Kimball Allen’s theatrical work to date is a mix of deeply personal confession and performance art. When mistakes on his career path landed him in prison, he began keeping a journal as part of his self-rehabilitation. Although his formal education had not exposed him previously to performance studies or theatre history, he […]

Ecumenica 6.2

Fall 2013 Letter from the Editor Carolyn D. Roark Feature: Hamlet on Alcatraz, a Journey into the Power of Sacred Space Rand Harmon Highlight: Six Characters of 9/11: A Chance Encounter with Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author Mahmood Karimi-Hakak Highlight: Interview with Kimball Allen Heather Beasley Profile: “The Trial of Jesus” and Jesus […]

Volume 6.1

Carolyn Roark In recent weeks, I was reading an essay by Larry Alex Taunton—it was on the subject of young atheists and the need for Christian communities to deal more thoughtfully and respectfully with their philosophy of unbelief— and I was struck by an off-hand remark about self-declared “militant” atheists like Richard Dawkins. I suddenly […]

Volume 5.2

Carolyn Roark The events of the current US election cycle leave me feeling almost as if it is unnecessary to write an introduction to this volume. The parties and candidates have already done plenty to demonstrate that politics is theatre. There is a true sense of watching a high stakes drama unfold, with high tech […]

Volume 5.1

Carolyn Roark In his Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson offers a “Happy Thought”: The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. One of my happiest thoughts as editor of Ecumenica is the pleasure of seeking everything I can find in the […]

Volume 4.2

Carolyn Roark In early November, I visited Trinity University in order to attend their annual DeCourcey lecture, a much- anticipated evening with Salman Rushdie. He was in good form—funny, insightful, mischievous. He alternated his musings on freedom and responsibility in the writing profession with entertaining anecdotes about his own experiences, charting the evolution of his […]

Volume 4.1

Carolyn Roark The day after Easter, Stephen Colbert opened his nightly television report with a queasy description of “going on a Catholic bender.” Wincing behind black sunglasses, he describes getting “totally pious-faced” in a holy debauch of novenas and “Our Fathers,” randomly blessing people as he stumbled across Manhattan, and finally waking up next to […]