Joan Chittister: Her Story, My Story, Our Story a play about the Benedictine nun-turned controversial spokesperson for international peace and social justice – will be presented at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 11, at 2:00pm.
Chittister has been interviewed by Bill Moyers, Timothy Russert, and Oprah Winfrey among others. She is the author of more than 50 best-selling books, a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, and has appeared on 60 Minutes and Meet the Press.
The author and performer is Teri Bays. Bays is a singer, writer, and actor who received her Bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of Music in CT and has performed leading roles in summer stock, off-Broadway musicals, and NYC cabarets.
The play introduces the audience to two women: Sr. Joan and the playwright herself. Bays has long been fascinated, and influenced, by Chittister, whom she calls “a prophet for our time. By ‘prophet’ I don’t mean a predictor of the future. I mean someone who offers a countercultural voice and says the things that are not easily heard. Sr. Joan charges all of us to ask questions and challenge each other.”
Throughout the performance Bays speaks in both women’s voices, moving back and forth across the simple set, literally shifting between the perspectives of Sr. Joan, the public advocate for humanity, and herself, an everyday modern woman searching for her professional and spiritual place in the world.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students. They can be purchased in advance at https://joanchittistertheplaysedona.bpt.me or by calling St. Andrew’s (928) 282-4457. At the door on the day of the performance, tickets will be $25 and $12.50. Seating is limited.