Concordia St. Paul News

November 7, 2012

Concordia Hosts Forgiveness 360 Symposium

The Concordia University, St. Paul Department of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with Spirit in the House is hosting the Forgiveness 360 Symposium over two weekends, Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 at the E.M. Pearson Theatre and Westlund Black Box Theatre.

The signature event is the world premiere of the play Marietta, a play by Stephen O’Toole, directed by Jerry Gomis, and starring Guthrie actress Barbara Reid. Based on a true story, Marietta is a story of how a woman forgave the kidnapper of her daughter, even before knowing her daughter’s fate.

Each performance is followed by a discussion/listening session, led by Kay Pranis, an international expert on restorative justice. Marietta Jaeger, whose story this is, will participate in the post-performance discussion on Saturday, Nov. 10.

In addition to the play, there will be solo shows and films in the Westlund Theatre featuring some of the area’s top performers, and an interactive art display in the lobby of the Pearson Theatre.

The play and events around it seek to raise awareness of the nature and importance of forgiveness from a variety of perspectives, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish as well as within the disciplines of theology, psychology, history, sociology, criminal justice and medicine.

Visit the Spirit in the House website ( for a specific list of performances.

Tickets for Marietta and all other Forgiveness 360 shows can be purchases online at or by phone at 612-343-3390.

All panel discussions are free. Productions and performances have a varied fee schedule, with discounts for Concordia students, faculty and staff.