The InvitationA Play in Four Movements
In a world where killing is sport,
war is entertainment,
and betrayal is common,
how do we make peace?
The INVITATION, a play in four movements created by Dr. Barbara O’Guinn Condron of the School of Metaphysics, answers this question. In an effort to illustrate that “peace is achieved by those who fulfill their part of a greater plan”, this play allows you to sit with outstanding people who understood profoundly how “world peace begins within ourselves”.
Albert Schweitzer, Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Williams, Mother Theresa, Alva Myrdal, the Dalai Lama, and Shirin Ebadi, recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize over a 60-year span of time, discuss the Universal Peace Covenant through the words of their acceptance speeches, engaging the audience to realize that “peace is first a state of mind”.
The 90-minute artistic performance begins with an 18-minute movie, Lives Worth Examining, produced by original cast members, all SOM teachers and students. The documentary-styled film provides insight into each laureate, their hopes and fears, challenges and triumphs, setting the stage for what is to come. It is as if these people come alive before our eyes. In THE INVITATION, different genders, races, ages, religions, political affiliations, and passions stand together as citizens of the Earth, providing the living example of peace-filled understanding for the world at large. The play concludes with a call to action as the laureates take the Universal Peace Covenant into the audience, offering each one an invitation to live a life worth examining.
A Viable Response to Today's ChallengesThe INVITATION is offered to St. Louis in its pivotal moments of transformation
Read about THE INVITATION at Cardinal Ritter High School in St. Louis in November 2014 and how you can perform the play in your community.
The History of THE INVITATIONExplore the Play's Origins, Cast Members, and Performances
View Past and Present Performances
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates meet in the Peace Dome every year to discuss peace, then present their message somewhere in the world.
~ Parliament of the World’s Religions Salt Lake City, Utah 2015 ~
Cardinal Ritter Prep School St. Louis, Missouri 2014 ~ Chicagoland Premieres 2013 ~ Louisville, Kentucky 2012 ~ Dallas, Texas 2011 ~ Melbourne, Australia 2009 ~ Chicago, Illinois 2008 ~ Indianapolis, Indiana 2007 ~
and annual performances in the Peace Dome beginning 2002
Our dream is to bring these Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to life, all around the world, through The Invitation. We expect that in the time to come, thespians of all ages will discover the transformative power brought through portraying these individuals. With an emphasis on teenage and young adults, we feel this play that began in the world’s Peace Dome on the campus of the College of Metaphysics will find a natural home in the theaters of colleges and high schools around the world.
Experience The Invitation in a whole new way, through a 90-minute Audible® production.
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The Educational Rights Package give your school or group permission to perform the play. The packages includes a dozen scripts, two copies of The Invitation DVD, and 12 copies of PeaceMaking: 9 Steps for Changing yourself, your Relationships, and Your World, a book about the creation of The Invitation. For a consulting fee, arrangements can be made for a cast member to work with your production.