Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day is an acclaimed play about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, who spent 47 years caring for the poor and leading the Catholic Church to a more active concern for the needy in U.S. society.
Hailed as "a moving, magnificent one-woman show," this dramatic portrait, featuring Still Point Founding Director Lisa Wagner-Carollo, follows Dorothy from her days as a 17 year-old Greenwich Village bohemian, through her middle years as a social activist and journalist to her later years as an elderly, wise leader.
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a powerful woman of immense conviction. In 1933, she and a French-born itinerant philosopher Peter Maurin co-founded the Catholic Worker in New York. The Catholic Worker became a living movement that has been responsible for feeding and housing the homeless, while maintaining a monthly nationally-read newspaper. Today, there are over 100 Catholic Worker houses in the United States and around the world, including communities in Toronto and Oxford, England.
Dorothy spent 47 years living with the poor and challenging the U.S. Government to halt acts of war. She is known as the "mother of the peace movement" in the United States and has influenced such American peacemakers as Daniel Berrigan and Michael Harrington. Day has been called "the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of the American Catholic Church."
Haunted by God was performed at the Pax Christi International Conference in Assisi, Italy in May of 1995. In 1999, it was performed in Cape Town, South Africa at the Parliament of World Religions. It was written by Paul Amandes, Lisa Wagner-Carollo (who also portrays Day) and Robert McClory. Directed by Virginia Smith, with costume and set design by Daniel Ostling, this acclaimed production has been touring the U.S. since May 1990 (including Guam/2006) and toured Europe in February and March of 1994.
"It's not easy to capture the spirit of a woman nominated for sainthood, but Wagner does it with charm, wit and tremendous faith in the power of her words. Day is fascinating because she was so human and so holy at the same time, and Wagner and her co-writers ... are wise enough to show both sides. They skillfully balance Day's charms, passions, mistakes and misgivings making the point that people who are not perfect in a dogmatically religious sense are still capable of performing great acts of faith and love."
"A charming and compelling warts-and-all portrait...Wagner's performance is so riveting-she plays, with equal ease, Day as a young Greenwich Village bohemian, as middle-aged radical, and as an elderly wise leader-that even those not entirely sympathetic with Day's sadly unfashionable views on U.S. imperialism and feeding the poor will be moved."
-Jack Helbig, New City
Booking a Show
If you would like to discuss booking a performance of Haunted by God, Please contact Lisa Wagner-Carollo at (773) 868-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Performance (0-4 hours round trip travel) Sliding Scale: $750.-$1,200. (negotiable)
Non-Local Performance (requiring plane travel or over 4 hours round trip travel) Sliding scale: $1000.-$1450. (negotiable)
Some sponsors charge a ticket fee, and others pass the hat. Some churches absorb the cost entirely. If a second show is booked nearby, the two groups can split the travel costs.
Travel: The actress needs roundtrip fare on bus, train or plane from Chicago, and will need to be transported to and from the airport, hotel or home, performance place, etc.
Food and Lodging: She gladly will stay in a home, convent, rectory, or hotel.
Performance space - The show requires a 20' by 20' playing area and a 10' ceiling, also a 2' minimum elevation above the audience seating area. Good lighting is helpful and good acoustics are essential. The play cannot be performed in an echoing hall or gym. Poor acoustics can sometimes be overcome by a wireless microphone provided by our hosts.
Running time of show: 90 minutes with one 10 minute intermission