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Dead Man Walking auditions set for Feb. 5-6

Open to Saint Xavier, Mother McAuley and Brother Rice

Chicago (Jan. 23, 2007) – Saint Xavier University, in conjunction with the Mother McAuley High School Theatre Department, invites all students, faculty, staff and alumni of Saint Xavier University, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Brother Rice High School to audition for the upcoming production of the play Dead Man Walking. 

Auditions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, and Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the McAuley Theatre, 3797 W. 99th St., Chicago. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, if needed. The call for actors from the three schools is in celebration of  the 160th anniversary of Saint Xavier Academy and College, the forerunners of the Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School and Saint Xavier University.

“This is a unique way to bring the three schools together,” said Patricia Haynes, director of the play and chair of the McAuley Theatre Department. “I look forward to more such collaborations among the campuses, and the learning and discussion that this sparks within our educational communities.”

Based on the non-fiction book Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., a Roman Catholic nun, the play focuses on her unique relationship with convicted murderer Patrick Sonnier, who was sentenced to death by electrocution. From that experience, Prejean became a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. 

Prejean will lead a pre-performance conversation on opening night at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 30, in the McAuley Auditorium. The production is part of the “Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project,” in which schools around the country produce the play in coordination with their local communities in an inter-disciplinary dialogue about the death penalty. 

For more information about the McAuley Theater production, please contact Patricia Haynes at (773) 881-6512. For more information about the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project, please visit http://www.deadmanwalkingplay.org/. 

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and at its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.