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PLAY UNDERSCORES NEED FOR RECONCILIATION

Mary Mallon came to America in the 1800s like most immigrants- -with high hopes. But it wasn't long before Mary became one of the most dangerous women in America. Typhoid Mary was a healthy carrier of a disease that spread and eventually killed thousands.

On November 9-11 and 16-18, the Trinity Christian College communication arts department performed Mark St. Germain's play A Plague of Angels based on Mary Mallon's life.

"I hope the audience could walk away with a better understanding of this complex woman," said Jennifer Miller '09 of Naperville, Illinois, who played Mary in the performance. "Most of her life she walked a mental tightrope. For years she teetered on the edge of the dark realization that she could possibly be the cause of the death and sickness that seemed to follow her wherever she went."

"Mary is a woman who still 'believes' but who is undergoing an intense crisis of faith," said John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts and director of the play. "It is important for us to really try to feel her pain because these crises of faith still surround us today. How can we engage with this play in a way that better prepares us to tackle these questions and these crises in our contemporary society? When we leave this production, how can we be used to engage our culture as agents of redemption?"

Trinity is producing four plays this year that share the theme of reconciliation. All of the characters in St. Germain's play are seeking varying types of reconciliation: reconciliation with society, with other individuals, with themselves, and with God.

For a copy of the play program, click here. For a photograph of the cast members listed in the program and a few scenes from the play, click here.


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