Speak Truth to Power Voices from Beyond the Dark Oct. 23rd


SCRANTON, PA-October 16, 2008 Marywood University will host Ariel Dorfman's powerful theatrical production, Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark, on October 23 at 9 p.m. and again during the University's fall convocation on October 24 at 2 p.m. Based on the book, Speak Truth to Power, written by Kerry Kennedy and edited by Nan Richardson, the theatrical presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Marywood administrators, faculty, and students will present monologues from the writings and interviews of 50 human rights advocates from over 35 countries and five continents included in the play Speak Truth to Power. Ms. Kennedy examines the quality of courage in men and women who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries. In the play, she focuses on individuals who have made the difficult decision to confront the most pressing problems of our world today including free expression, women's rights, environmental defense, and eliminating slavery.

The production, which will be directed by Dr. Paulette Merchel, Marywood University Communication Arts professor, was produced by Sister Anne Munley I.H.M., Ph.D., Marywood president, and includes original music composed by Dr. Douglas Lawrence, Marywood University Communication Arts professor.

The play has been performed at theaters across America and around the world, including Geneva, London, Helsinki, Athens, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Florence, New York, Sydney and Doha.

Human rights awareness will receive special emphasis on Marywood University's campus this fall. Following Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark, Marywood will host an international forum when the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom, a three-day meeting among delegates from around the globe, meets on the University's campus from Nov. 23-25.