Panel to explore dramatization of Bible, Wilde's "Salome"

Author: Arts and Letters


Throughout the centuries, the Bible has served as the inspiration for countless plays, films and a wide range of performances. A panel of academic experts will examine the significance of this practice from historical, academic and practical perspectives in a discussion titled “Dramatizing the Bible” on Monday (April 3) at 5:30p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) in conjunction with the department’s current presentation of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome,” the event is free and open to the public.

“It’s a wonderful way of exploring how art and religion come together,” says Peter Holland, McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Notre Dame, who will serve as panel chair. “‘Salome’ is an extraordinary example of someone going to a biblical story and dramatizing it in a certain way. It provides an excellent context for exploring theological issues and religious attitudes.”

In addition to Holland, panelists and topics are:

  • Susan Harris, Keough Institute for Irish Studies fellow and associate professor of English, “Oscar Wilde as an Irish Dramatist”
  • Anton Juan, FTT professor and “Salome” director, “The Forbidden Fruit”
  • Julia Marvin, assistant professor, Program of Liberal Studies, “Cycle Drama (Medieval)”
  • Rev. Jerome H. Neyrey, S.J., professor of theology, “Cultural World of Salome and Herod”

Contact: Christine Sopczynski, FTT outreach specialist, (574) 631-0457,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on March 31, 2006.