The Way of the Cross

“PRAYERFUL AND INSPIRING”

REV. MSGR. ALBERT KENNEY, S.T.L.

ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE

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‘The Way of the Cross,’ a dramatic performance with music, will be presented throughout the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island for Lent 2020.


You are invited to experience your own walk with Christ and spend a short time in personal reflection and prayer.

French playwright Henri Gheon (1875-1944) originally wrote the drama, based on the Stations of the Cross, for production at the Benedictine Abbey in Tancremont, Belgium, in 1932. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre states that “Gheon’s plays combine fine poetry and an excellent theatrical sense with great simplicity and religious feeling.” The play is performed by four players who speak for the watchers and characters in the Passion. By words and gestures the Passion story is told.

This production of ‘The Way of the Cross,’ was first performed in Lent 2017 in Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in the Dominican Priory at Providence College and is composed of Providence College alumni and faculty. The production is directed by Father Matthew Powell, O.P., and Prof. David M. Cabral created the costumes. The cast consists of Michael Joseph, Kate Joseph (husband & wife), Kevin Sullivan and Kayley Sullivan (father & daughter). Dan Marella will accompany the performance in playing the clarinet.

The performance will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is free.

Performance Schedule - Lent 2020

 SHOWS ARE CURRENTLY BEING BOOKED 

FOR LENT OF 2020

The Cast

MICHAEL JOSEPH

MAN 1

Michael is excited to be performing once again with his wife, Kate. He graduated Providence College with a degree in Theater in 1990. Michael teaches English and Social Studies at San Miguel School in Providence. He loves gardening and playing soccer. He met his wife Kate when they were both cast in a play at Providence College during their freshman year. Michael enjoys spending time with his 5 sons. He is a communicant of St. Raymond's Parish in Providence, RI.

KATE JOSEPH

WOMAN 1

Kate graduated from Providence College in 1990, where she met her husband Michael Joseph. She has worked as a social worker and an administrator in Cranston Schools. She enjoys watching her husband spend time with their 5 children. She is a communicant of St. Raymond's Parish in Providence, RI.

KEVIN SULLIVAN

PRODUCER / MAN 2

Kevin is thrilled to be performing with his daughter, Kayley, in their first show together. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin is a stand up comedian who created and performed in his show, Mixed Nuts: an interactive cabaret for over 10 years. Currently he is entertaining audiences in his new stand-up comedy show, Mixed Nuts Stand Up!. He performs at many fundraisers, private parties and corporate events. He is also the creator of Pretty Amazing Grace Productions. Kevin enjoys cantoring masses with his daughters and being a member of his church choir. He is a communicant of St. Mary's Parish in Cranston, RI.

KAYLEY SULLIVAN

WOMAN 2

Kayley is excited to finally be in a production with her Dad. She recently graduated Cranston High School West in 2017 and is currently attending CCRI where she made the Dean’s List. Kayley plans to continue her education to obtain her doctorate degree in education. One of her favorite roles is Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz with the Rhode Island Youth Theatre. She would like to thank her Dad for never giving up on her and for teaching her about the Word of God. Kayley is a cantor at mass, a member of her church choir and a communicant of St. Mary's Parish in Cranston, RI.

DAN MARELLA

CLARINET

Dan attends Cranston High School West in Cranston, Rhode Island. He is a three time, All State clarinet player and recently participated in the Southern New England Honor Band. He is a dedicated student and young musician who is also involved in his school band. Dan is active within his parish and is currently in the process of making his Confirmation. He is a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston, RI.

MARIA SALEEM

CLARINET

Maria is a student who is studying to be a music educator and clarinetist. She has been accepted into the Rhode Island All-State Band, along with the Northern and Southern All New England Bands. Maria is the Drum Major of her school marching band and actively performs with numerous community groups. She is also a member of the music ministry at Our Lady of Victory and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic parishes and loves playing hymns with the choir.

DAVID CABRAL

COSTUME DESIGNER

David Cabral is a Tenured Full Professor at Providence College with 34 years of service to the college. In the fall of 2016 he became a member of The Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. He is a member of the parish of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul as well as a member of The Gregorian Concert Choir under the direction of Monsignor Anthony Mancini. He received his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. David spends his summers as Costume Supervisor at Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island. During the Academic Year his designs grace the stages of The Boston Conservatory, La Salle Academy, Providence College and the Players at Barker Playhouse.

FR. MATTHEW POWELL, O.P.

DIRECTOR

Father Powell has taught theater, speech and English at the high school and college levels for more than 35 years. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. from Miami University (OH). He has directed a variety of plays, from works by Tennessee Williams and George Bernard Shaw to religious dramas. Father Powell is also the author of several published books, short stories, and one act plays.

PAST PERFORMANCES

Lent 2019

ST. MARY’S CHURCH

CRANSTON, RI

ST. JOHN VIANNEY CHURCH

CUMBERLAND, RI

LA SALETTE SHRINE

ATTLEBORO, MA

ST. SEBASTIAN CHURCH

PROVIDENCE, RI

ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH

NARRAGANSETT, RI

ST. PIUS V CHURCH

PROVIDENCE, RI​

Lent 2018

MARY, MOTHER OF MANKIND CHURCH

NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI

 

OUR LADY OF GRACE CHURCH

JOHNSTON, RI

ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH

CRANSTON, RI

 

ST. MARY’S CHURCH

CRANSTON, RI

 

ST. PIUS V CHURCH

PROVIDENCE, RI

 

ST. ROCCO’S CHURCH

JOHNSTON, RI

ST. TERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS CHURCH
PAWTUCKET, RI

SAINTS JOHN & PAUL CHURCH
COVENTRY, RI

Lent 2017

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE PRIORY CHAPEL

PROVIDENCE, RI

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