Playwright Doris Baizley leads us back and forth through the last half century or so, telling the McDonald sisters' story through pivotal scenes in their lives. Each sister has an encounter with her younger self (all impressively played by Annick Dall) that tells us a little more about her. Despite traveling the same path from large Irish family on a Minnesota farm to Catholic nun to activist, they are very different women, endearingly portrayed by #TCTheater favorites and women in their prime Katherine Ferrand, Peggy O'Connell, Sue Scott, and Wendy Lehr. The play features important moments in their lives, both out on the streets and at home with family (including their Republican legislator brother KJ). We see them in their full habits pre-Vatican II, then shedding those habits and getting out into the community. They first joined the protest movement in the late '60s, marching against the Vietnam War. They went on to protest other wars and violence throughout the 20th Century, as well as stand up for the rights of Native Americans and the LGBTQ community. Basically if there is a protest in Minnesota for peace, justice, and equality, the sisters are likely to be there. Each sister came to it in her own way and participated in her own way, but all believe fiercely in the responsibility of all of us to care for each other and the earth. For these sisters, rage against the injustices of the world is not just righteous, it's sacred.
|the sisters protest (Wendy Lehr, Katherine Ferrand, Sue Scott,|
and Peggy O'Connell, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
|the cast of Sisters of Peace (photo by Scott Pakudaitis)|
Sisters of Peace continues Thursday through Sundays until April 14, with post-show discussions after Sunday matinees (click here for details).