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Theatre: Edith Stein

Edith Stein   


The Covenant theatre department will present Edith Stein, under the direction of Prof. Camille Hallstrom, beginning February 12, 2015.


Edith Stein, written by Arthur Giron, is based on the life of the twentieth-century Jewish intellectual, and recently canonized, Edith Stein. The play follows her decision to become a Carmelite nun all the way to her death at Auschwitz. The show explores the competing motivations and worldviews of Nazism, Judaism, and Carmelite mysticism.


“I have wanted to do this play since my grad school days, thirty years ago,” said Hallstrom. “The story as written is masterful—a gut-wrenching, persistently compassionate exploration of the collision of worlds and worldviews as well as the flesh-and-blood people who represent them, be they Nazi, Jew, a broken sufferer struggling not to give up faith, or a cloistered nun offering her suffering to God in the hope of delivering her brutalized people.”


The title role of Edith Stein will be played by junior theatre major Emma Shope.


“It is really interesting to play a part that is based on the life of a real person,” said Shope. “It was an honor to research who she was and what she went through. I found myself in the shoes of a woman who had an incredible life and legacy of modesty, strength, and faith that inspires me off stage as well as on.”


Edith Stein will run February 13, 14, and 20 at 8:00 p.m., and February 27 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Tickets for a preview performance on February 12 at 8:00 p.m. are available at a discounted price of $5 for adults, and $3 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. All shows will be held in Sanderson auditorium at Covenant College.


Following the February 14 performance, audience members will have the opportunity to observe a panel discussion about the play, led by Dr. Richard Follett, professor of history, and Camille Hallstrom, professor of theatre.


To reserve tickets, call the box office at 706.419.1051 or email