Playwright John Patrick Shanley will speak about the relationship of theology, religion and literature for the Francis X. Shea Memorial Lecture. His presentation is rescheduled from an appearance originally scheduled for last October.
Shanley is an acclaimed writer and director who has won the Oscar, Pulitzer and Tony awards. He wrote and directed the 2008 movie “Doubt,” which starred Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It earned five Academy Award nominations.
His list of acclaimed plays, many of which he directed in their original productions, includes: “Defiance,” “Savage in Limbo,” “The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,” “Beggars in the House of Plenty,” “Where’s My Money?” “Italian American Reconciliation,” “Four Dogs and a Bone,” “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” and “Dirty Story.”
He was given the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play for his story of “Sailor’s Song.” St. Scholastica Theatre performed “Sailor’s Song” last fall as the first production of their 2012-2013 theater season.