Great Stage of the World, Roman Catholic Life and Performance
Letter from the Editor
Carolyn D. Roark
Editorial: The Church, The “Anti-Church,” and Singing, Dancing Nuns
Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., Guest Editor
Feature: What the Archbishop Saw: A Byzantine Christian Watches Catholic Sacred Plays
Andrew W. White
Abstract: The question of whether the Greek-speaking Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium) ever had a sacred drama of its own has remained unresolved, due to the scattered and questionable nature of the primary source material. But the reason for Byzantium’s apparent reticence becomes clearer when we consider the carefully-crafted theology of the sacred image (icon), and the presumed relationship between the icon and its viewer. As further reflected in Archbishop Symeon of Thessalonica’s “Dialogue in Christ” (ca. 15th century) the theology of the icon underlies the Orthodox Church’s rejection of sacred plays like the Italian sacra rappresentazione because of their crude materiality.
Feature: With an Altar for a Stage: Protest, Possibility, and Trans-Performance Within a Roman Catholic Womenpriests’ Ordination
Feature:Performances that Matter: Theory and Practice on a Catholic University Campus
Monica Stufft and Michael Frederick Ahmad
Abstract: This article explores how two student-created performances responded to and participated in ongoing value clashes over sexuality and gender on Catholic university campuses. The authors consider the implications for art making that arguably diverges from official church doctrine, and the ways that performances function both conservatively and subversively. By both helping to preserve the tradition of the university and foster new ways of thinking, disciplinary methods drawn from performance studies provide useful, if also provocative, strategies for navigating the relationship between theory and practice within Catholic universities.
Highlight:Interview with James Martin, SJ
Highlight:Our Lady of [N-Town]
David J. Eshelman
Profile: Father Rick Curry, SJ
Book & Performance Reviews:
- Danny Devlin—Staging the Old Faith: Queen Henrietta Maria and the Theatre of Caroline England, 1625-1642, Rebecca A. Bailey
- Rebecca Lutrell Briley—Acting Between the Lines: Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural Politics 1980-1984, Marilynn J. Richtarik.
- Ben Fisler—Doubt: A Parable, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Amber Michelle Wright—The Oberammergau Passion Play 2010, Oberammergau, Germany