God Has No Country
God Has No Country
Written and performed by Donal Courtney
Dublin-based actor and playwright Donal Courtney’s one-person play, “God has no country,” tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who was in Rome during the early days of World War II. O’Flaherty is credited with finding safe housing and caring for 6,500 Jews and Allied soldiers during the Nazi occupation of Italy. At first he was able to move around Rome anonymously, but after his identity became known by the Nazis he resorted to wearing disguises and eventually was forced to remain within Vatican City under the threat of assassination. He has been referred to as “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican.”
“God has no country” tells Monsignor O’Flaherty’s story from his point of view and reflects actual events. Careful research has gone into the creation of this dramatic work but, as such, some creative license has been taken. Told with humor and sensitivity, “God has no country” aims to bring the heroic deeds and achievements of this extraordinary man to a wider audience.
The sixty-minute performance will be followed by a post-show discussion in which Professor Courtney will share his personal connections to the story, the challenges he faced in creating the piece, and various other insights into the Monsignor’s story.
DISCUSSION: Tuesday, April 4, noon–1 p.m.
Professor Courtney will lead an informal discussion on the topic of “storytelling through the one-person play” on Tuesday, April 4, noon–1 p.m., in the Arts & Design Research Incubator, room 16 Borland Building.
Professor Courtney’s performance is part of his residency as a visiting artist sponsored by the study abroad organization IES Abroad, the Penn State School of Theatre, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and the Arts & Design Research Incubator.