The New York Encounter is indeed unlike any other cultural event in the United States in its approach and content, totally transcending the cultural divisions that threaten the future of our society. It also escapes the search for a “common ground” that maintains and feeds the relativism that is paralyzing us. The purpose of its discussions, exhibits, concerts and theatrical performances is to build new friendships, to learn, and to celebrate life’s beauty. All of its events are open to the public and are free, with the exception of the theatrical performance (this year it will be Paul Claudel’s play The Tidings Brought to Mary on Saturday night).
"The New York Encounter: a Different Cultural Event", Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete
The New York Encounter festival runs from Friday, January 14 - Monday, January 17, 2011
Manhattan Center - Hammerstein Ballroom 311 West 34th Street at 8th Avenue - New York, NY 10001
The Traces article on Claudel's play, The Tidings Brought to Mary, is online now: "The Design Seen in Tidings." Here's a snippet:
“For a great play such as this one you try to get out of the way as much as possible, to let the play talk,” says Director Dobbins, though he adds that this is really no easy script to direct: “I just try to, as Shakespeare would say, ‘fit the word to the action and the action to the word.’ I have no concept on top of it; I just try to make my best attempt at understanding what Paul Claudel is doing and then I try to help my actors get that.”
The Hammerstein Ballroom has a huge and impressive stage, but Mr. Dobbins is considering that “the beauty of this play is in its simplicity.” He plans on creating a different, smaller stage where the actors will be much closer to the audience. “I just think that would set the absolute right mood,” explains Dobbins.
The Tidings Brought to Mary will be performed on Saturday, January 15th, at 8:00 pm, as one of the events of the 2011 New York Encounter. This production is a perfect, concrete example of manifesting our reality to the world, a perfect “stage” to set as the New York Encounter prepares to tackle the diverse and important subjects of science, reason, religion, the economy, literature, music, and much more with the awareness that a play like this, with Giussani’s help, brings to us. We urge everyone to read it and to attend the performance, to be confronted with the challenge of Catholic ideals, and to attend the whole of the New York Encounter with this desire to face it as an opportunity for all.
Ticket information for this special performance is available on the NYE Website:
The New York Encounter also has a blog with information on all the events, exhibits, and presentations:
do be assured of it in your heart, My Littlest One,
that nothing at all should alarm you, should trouble you,
nor in any way disturb your countenance, your heart.
And do not be afraid of this Pestilence,
nor of any other pestilence,
nor of any other pestilence or any rasping hardship.
For am I not here, I, Your Mother?
Are you not in the Cool of My Shadow?
in the Breeziness of My Shade?
Is it not I that am your Source of Contentment?
Are you not cradled in My Mantle?
cuddled in the Crossing of My Arms?
Is there anything else for you to need?
Nothing else, though, should trouble you, should disquiet you.
[From the traditional account of Guadalupe translated from the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs. A beautiful poem for today's feast.]
If we want to be informed, we really need to go back to the primary source. Commentary is secondary. Follow the link to read what the Pope actually said. The most interesting part for me is when he talks about the way Christians practice charity, as progressive and holistic, accompanying others on a human journey.