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Lectures Explore John Paul II’s Play “The Jeweler’s Shop”
The John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World will host two lectures that explore the dramatic style, philosophy and theology of “The Jeweler’s Shop,” a play written by Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope John Paul II.

• The first lecture, “Iconic and Artistic Representation in John Paul II’s Plays,” will be given by Dr. Paul Fortunato, associate professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown, from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, on the University of St. Thomas campus, Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark. The lecture is free and open to the public.

• “The Jeweler’s Shop” will be performed at 7 p.m., Nov. 4-5 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. Tickets are $15 with discounts for students. The play was written by Karol Wojtyla in the style of the Rhapsodic Theater, an underground theater group formed in Poland during World War II. Sparse, lyrical and personal – “The Jeweler’s Shop” is about love, commitment and the adventure of life.

• The second lecture, “The Proper Weight of Love: John Paul II’s “The Jeweler’s Shop,’” will be given by Dr. Peter Casarella, professor of Catholic Studies and director of Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University. The lecture will be held from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, on the UST campus, Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. John Hittinger at 713-525-2155 or learn more at

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