Monday, August 27, 2012

Wittenberg to Perform Gilroy's "The Predator" September 16

Members of the Wittenberg University community will perform Jack Gilroy's play, The Predator, as part of a series of events about drones on September 16. (For performance details, see Wright State, Wittenberg to Participate in No Drones Education.)

Jack Gilroy is a full time human rights/peace activist and former Prisoner of Conscience for the School of the Americas Watch. Gilroy’s two novels of young men who refused to be part of the United States military, "Absolute Flanigan" and "The Wisdom Box", received gold medal awards by OMNI Center for Peace & Justice.

The Predator is part of a dramatic trilogy about moral challenges and conscience, especially related to war and violence. The Pax Christi website (where the full plays can be downloaded) provides brief summaries of the three plays:
The Predator: A Jesuit college junior is being encouraged to serve the country in the military by her mother, an Air Force Major Drone Pilot, and a US Senator. Her mother pushes for an Air Force career path and her Senator visualizes drones as an economic answer to unemployment. Is there a relevant moral question?

Sentenced to Death For Not Killing: The Ben Salmon Story: Ben Salmon, a WWI, Denver, Colorado Catholic, refused to partake in the killing of another human being. He was arrested, sentenced to death (reduced to 25 yrs hard labor) and tortured for his humanitarian and religious belief that killing is immoral.

Render to Caesar? The Story of Franz Jagerstatter: Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian Catholic peasant was the only person in his village who, in 1938, refused to support Nazi annexation. When he said no to induction into the German Army in 1943, Franz knew the justice of his conscience would be challenged by the power of the state.
Past performances of The Predator have included:
Georgetown University, Washington, DC - during November, 2011, Ignatian Family Teach In
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, NY
St Lucy's Church, Syracuse, NY - a performance in which Kathy Kelly took a reading role, since she was in town facing charges for an anti-drones action at the Syracuse drone base
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY - part of a Spring, 2012, workshop in a peace studies conference.
The Predator will be performed at the Wittenberg Student Union on Sunday afternoon, September 16, time TBA. (For performance details, see Wright State, Wittenberg to Participate in No Drones Education.)

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