From top to bottom, Betty Williams (Christine Madar), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (John Harrison), and Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Sheila Benjamin). At right, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (Sebastien Hartman).
December 7, 2008
Chicago, ILThe Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions hosted the Chicago premiere of THE INVITATION here last night. The performance was part of a PreParliament event meant to give locals a taste of the larger venue planned for December in Melbourne, Australia.
The cast included Dr. Laurel Clark as Shirin Ebadi, Dr. Pam Blosser as Alva Myrdal, Sheila Benjamin as Mother Teresa, Sebastien Hartmann as H.H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet, John Harrison as Martin Luther King, Jr., Christine Madar as Betty Williams, Tad Messenger as Albert Schweitzer, and Chris Sheehan as Linus Pauling. All appear monthly in THE INVITATION at the Peace Dome on the campus of the College of Metaphysics in Missouri.
The four act play was created by Dr. Barbara Condon in 2002 during the construction of the Peace Dome. The result of a class taught about Nobel Peace Laureates, THE INVITATION conceptualizes the coming together of eight honorees. The dialogue consists almost exclusively of excerpts from the laureates’ speeches and the 577 words in the Universal Peace Covenant, a document created by two dozen spiritual teachers from the School of Metaphysics in 1996-97.
The cast is committed to attending the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne. While there, they hope to offer THE INVITATION to local audiences to connect the Peace Dome with the land down under. If you are from that area and have a sincere interest in aiding this to come about, you are welcome to email us.
Read about the PreParliament Event at the Peace Dome