Jorney of

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FULL OF GRACE

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Full of Grace: Journeys of LGBT Catholics is a docudrama that explores the intersection of faith and sexual identity through the first person accounts of LGBT Catholics.  The play is composed entirely of interviews from over 30 individuals including clergy, religious and lay people spanning in age from 19-85 from across the United States.  The play explore themes such as inclusion and exclusion, self-acceptance and shame, integrity, family, relationships, and marriage as well as individual experiences of God and Church.  These are the untold stories of disciples seeking a place at the table and the fullness of life to which God calls them.

 ​Written by: Scott Barrow • Directed by: Kelly O'Donnell
Created by: Robert Choiniere

 

In association with the LPAC Rough Draft Festival

THE STORY

Most Rev.  Joseph M. Sullivan, D.D.

1930-  2013

"Faith is not diminished — it is restored

Hope has its roots and wings

Charity is God among us

For where there is love — there is God.”

For the past 10 years, the late Bishop Joseph Sullivan from the Diocese of Brooklyn, had convened the Ad Hoc Committee on the Pastoral Care of Gays and Lesbians and their Families.  More simply known as the Ad Hoc Committee or lovingly as Bishop Joe’s Committee.  The goal of the committee is to foster an environment of welcome to and with LGBT Catholics and their families within  Catholic parishes.  Bishop Sullivan approached us in late 2012, knowing our theatrical work.  He commissioned us to create a docudrama on LGBT Catholics and their families as a way to provide a space for listening and openness and to encourage a dialogue about sexual identity and faith.

 

Bishop Sullivan died in a tragic car accident in 2013, but the Ad Hoc committee continues on with its same mandate and Scott and I continued on with  ours.  This project is dedicated to the memory of Bishop Joe.

                                                                   - Bob and Scott

THE CREATORS

Robert Choiniere, is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham.  He holds an MA from Boston College in Pastoral Ministry and a BA in Theology and Theatre from DeSales University.  Bob has been a lay ecclesial minister in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Brooklyn as the Director of Pastoral Planning for 10 years.

 

Bob and Scott are founding members of Stages on the Sound, Inc., a NYC based theatre company.  In addition to providing extensive theatre education programs and original productions, Stages created and produced Crossings in 2008, a docudrama based on interviews with recent immigrants on their journeys and  lives in the neighborhoods of New York City.

Scott Barrow (Playwright)

Is a company member of Tectonic Theatre Project, an Artistic Associate at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, and a board member and the Director of Education for Brooklyn's Stages on the Sound. Scott works as an actor, director, playwright and fight director in and around New York where he also teaches film-making, playwriting, and Shakespeare.

Scott has been working with Tectonic Theatre Project since 2005 as an actor in 33 Variations (starring Jane Fonda), The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project Epilogue; Ten Years Later, The Dead Man's Curve , and as a certified teacher of the company's Moment Work.

Scott got his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University.  Another play; "Outcasts -the lepers of Penikese Island" is in development.

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