Father Bill and the St. Gertrudes community have meant a great deal to us for many years. Well do anything we can to help.
(PRWEB) September 27, 2004
(Chicago, September 17) "THE ANSWER" Â a play about abortion, politics, and a familyÂs public travail in the grips of both Â was scheduled to be produced at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church on October 1st. On Tuesday, September 14 Â after a month of rehearsal Â St. GertrudeÂs pastor, Reverend William Kenneally, received word from Bishop Francis J. Kane that the play could not be performed or discussed in the church or anywhere on parish grounds. Jim Dwyer, spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said, "It was decided that this was just not something that should be held in a church at a Catholic parish. ItÂs just not appropriate." The statements of these two men effectively prohibit "THE ANSWER" from being performed or discussed under the auspices of the Archdiocese.
After newspaper and television coverage broke news of the censure Â Father Kenneally's phone began to ring. Ministers from other Christian denominations in far-flung boroughs of the city offered their churches as host for the play and the discussion slated to follow it. Pastor Bob Goldstein of Immanuel Lutheran Church nearby in Edgewater said, "Father Bill and the St. GertrudeÂs community have meant a great deal to us for many years. WeÂll do anything we can to help." Undaunted by the controversy stirred up by the Catholic bishopÂs ban, Goldstein said, "IÂve spoken with our Council President, and our bishop. WeÂre all happy to have this play done here."
"THE ANSWER" will be performed October 1-3, Friday and Saturday 8PM, Sunday at 5PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 West Elmdale Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60660 Â just two blocks from St. Gertrude. Written and directed by Delle Chatman screenwriter, author and theology student Â "THE ANSWER" leans on a score of gospel, jazz, and sacred music performed by "Choral Thunder."
The play's controversial, two-tiered story-line is inspired by today's headlines: A Catholic Democrat watches his re-election campaign lead ooze away after a bishop denies him Communion for supporting pro-Choice legislation. Then, a month before the election, a reporter unearths an abortion the senator's daughter had while she was in college. The revelation costs him core voters and reveals a heart-rending crack in his family.
Amid numerous credits as a writer of film and television, Chatman wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay for "FREE OF EDEN," a film for Showtime starring Sidney Poitier. She's written two books, "The Death of a Parent" and "The Unteachable Ten." Chatman is currently a regular contributor to the WTTW series on Channel 11 entitled "30 Good Minutes" where she has presented reflections and sermons on many faith-centered issues.
Tickets to "THE ANSWER" are $10 for teenagers and adults. The play is not appropriate for small children. Voter registration will be offered at each performance. Reservations may be made by visiting the productionÂs website or by calling (773) 338-3718, where publicist Regina Sawyer may also be reached.
Contact: Regina Sawyer
(773) 338-3718 phone and fax
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