Glen Hamilton’s production of Love Song by John Kolvenbach shows us that love is not just romantic or lustful. It is the rocket fuel that reinvigorates our minds and souls into the richness of life. The show welcomes us into a world of the mundaneness and mystery where Ben, Joan, and Harry are individuals working through life yet have lost their ability to feel compassion and emotions for themselves and connect with one another.
Judas, the original betrayer, the man who sold Jesus out to the Romans for 30 silver pieces, has now reached Purgatory and is awaiting the outcome of his Earthly actions. Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play imagines a courtroom drama where the likes of Mother Theresa and Sigmund Freud are called as witnesses in Judas’s trial. Was the betrayal justified? Can God forgive him?
In celebration and recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Week Five of the Short + Sweet Theatre Festival was all about platforming women’s voices and work. Both the Wildcard and the Top 80 plays featured short plays written and/or directed by women and many focusing on issued concerning women in our society.