Join us for Sr. Nancy Murray’s one-woman play as St Catherine of Siena. Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m. in the church. While not as famous as her brother, actor Bill Murray, she certainly inherited the family acting gene. Please join us for this engaging and enlightening performance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., reception to follow. Admission is free.
Her show is called “St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times,” and though it began nine years ago as a handful of benefit performances, it bloomed into a cottage industry for Murray and the nuns back in Adrian. It is not a hip show or even particularly spectacular theater: It tells the story of the 14th Century Italian Dominican teenager who served the needy and sick and lobbied (successfully) to restore the pope’s seat to Rome. It has 14 characters; Murray plays all of them, wrapped in a white tunic, her faux Italian accent slipping into that famous Murray deadpan.
“St. Catherine” has been so popular — with requests for performances coming in daily from church groups in Australia and Vietnam, parishes in Florida and East Timor — that, in 2004, Adrian Dominican asked Murray to make the show her outreach, her way of bringing a paycheck into the congregation.
Other sisters work in hospitals. Some do social work. Performance has become Murray’s ministry. She has been so busy at it, the show has its own office, with an intern. Indeed, Murray has been so in demand that she spends at least half the year on the road.
– Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune
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