Salesian Center To Honor Blessed John Paul II with Performance

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Mar 23, 2012

 Wayne Turney performs the Gospel of Mark
Wayne Turney will deliver a solo performance of The Gospel of Mark on Monday, April 2.

The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University continues to honor the Blessed John Paul II with its annual memorial Arts & Culture series event. This year the Salesian Center is hosting a dramatic solo performance of the King James Version of the Gospel of Mark with Emmy-Award winner Wayne Turney, actor, director, playwright and educator, on Monday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m., in Connelly Chapel. Staged by director Harper Jane McAdoo, it is a unique blend of storytelling and drama.

Turney has been able to maintain both a professional career as well as a presence in the classroom. He has taught acting and directing on the college level, and has directed numerous college productions from classics and Shakespeare to experimental contemporary plays. Mr. Turney served as dramaturgy at the Cleveland Play House during which time he gave staged readings to more than a dozen new works, more than half of which went to full Equity Productions. 

He co-founded the Ohio New Play Festival and staged three new works, one of which, Ron Wilson's Last Days of Route 66, he used to found the Cleveland Actors' Theatre Company in Downtown Cleveland. Turney is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television, and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors' Guild. He received his MFA at Wayne State University, a BA at Ohio Wesleyan University and attended the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Program. Turney is currently a professor in the Theatre Program at DeSales University.

See and hear the oldest Gospel come alive with this dramatic two-hour performance. Staged by award-winning director Harper Jane McAdoo, this solo performance of the King James Version of Mark in its entirety is more than a recitation. It is a unique blend of storytelling and drama. The performance is an opportunity to, in Turney's words, "combine my profession with a profession of faith." Turney has brought the full range of his considerable dramatic talents to this role, traveling the country for nearly twenty years performing Mark in churches and theatres.

The John Paul II Memorial Arts & Culture series is a celebration of the life and legacy of Blessed John Paul II (1920-2005), the Salesian Center sponsors this annual event focusing on the beauty of the arts (music, drama, poetry, literature, etc.). The event is held annually, on or around the April 2nd date of the pontiff's death. All performances are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information call the Salesian Center at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244, email us at or visit the website at

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