Toward a 'Catholic' Theater

The legacy of Gilbert Hartke

Once upon a recent time, there was a man with four hungers who befriended and benefited a multitude while appeasing those hungers. Gilbert Hartke (1907-86) desired to love and serve God; so he became a priest. Besotted with the theater, he created and helmed a famous drama department in a university that did little to encourage his efforts. Attending to his third hunger, to hobnob with the rich and famous, this Dominican attached himself...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.