Sarah Melici, a stage, film and TV actress, will share the powerful message of one of the most influential figures in American Catholicism through her one-woman play, “Fool for Christ: The Story of Dorothy Day,” on Tuesday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre on the campus of Mercyhurst College. The play is free and open to the public.
“Fool for Christ” packs an incredibly rich and complicated life into a relatively small span of theatre time, giving balanced attention to Day’s loves, spirituality and politics.
Journalist Dorothy Day died in 1980 at the age of 83 after devoting the majority of her life to the pursuit of social justice, peace and civil rights. She typified the axiom of Mother Teresa, “If you want peace then you must work for justice,” and is credited with co-founding The Catholic Worker newspaper with Peter Maurin. Out of their activities grew the Catholic Worker Movement.
Melici’s acting credits are wide-ranging and varied, from network television including “Law and Order,” and a Stephen King mini-series, “The Golden Years,” to extensive work in off-Broadway and regional theatres.
After reading about Day, Melici became fascinated with her story and decided Day is someone she would enjoy portraying and someone people should know. She convinced Donald Yonker, a New York playwright, to collaborate on the script and the result was “Fool for Christ,” which she performs throughout the United States and Canada at churches, colleges, high schools, conferences, retreats and theatres.
Her performance at Mercyhurst is sponsored by the Mercy Institute and the religious studies department as part of Women’s History Month and the college’s annual Academic Celebration.