Actors Collaborative Toledo (ACT), in collaboration with Trinity Episcopal Church Toledo, presents a staged reading of Winter Rain: Six Images of Thomas Merton. The play is comprised of 6 monologues performed by 6 actors, each portraying Merton at different stages of his life. The play begins in 1941 at a railway station as Merton prepares to travel to Gethsemane to join the monastery and concludes with a posthumous monologue after Merton’s untimely and mysterious death in Thailand in 1968.

Thomas Merton was a huge jazz aficionado and to complement the performance local musician and Trinity singer, Tajj Crowder, will perform a prelude of jazz music on the piano with jazz interludes between each of the 6 scenes.

The six actors portraying Thomas Merton will be Barbara Barkan, Charles Crockett, Angie Gresko, Matt Kizaur, Mark Owen, and Phil Skeldon. The reading will be directed by ACT’s co-founder Jeffrey Albright.

The play will be performed on Saturday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 316 Adams St. (corner of St. Clair), Toledo, Ohio 43604.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance or at the door beginning one hour before each performance.

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