Mason Playwright’s Work to Be Presented Tonight at Washington Cathedral

Posted: June 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A special theatrical presentation of An Almost Holy Picture, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Heather McDonald, term associate professor of theater, will take place this evening, June 28, at the Washington National Cathedral. The performance, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Set in a cathedral garden, An Almost Holy Picture is the story of Samuel Gentle, a cathedral groundskeeper who struggles to love God fully as he copes with his daughter’s strange medical condition. The part of the groundskeeper will be performed this evening by Rev. Brian Baker.

The play premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse and starred Kevin Bacon at the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway. It was performed locally at both the Round House Theatre and Center Stage in Baltimore. The play won the First Prize Kesselring Award at the National Arts Club.

McDonald is the author of several plays, including When Grace Comes In, and Faulkner’s Bicycle. She has been teaching in the theater department at Mason for eight years and is active as both a playwright and director in the Washington theater community. Her recent work includes writing the libretto for an opera of Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair.

The cathedral is located at the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in northwest Washington, D.C. For directions and other information, visit the web site or call 202-537-6200.

Write to at