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My Will and My Life

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Human Services Guild of Clinton Community College is pleased to be bringing an exclusive performance of "My Will and My Life,” a one-act play that explores the intersection of addiction, recovery, and the power of love, to campus on October 25.

“My Will and My Life” is based on the relationship between “George” and Father Mychal Judge. Father Judge was the Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and the ?rst registered death of 9/11. He was a Franciscan Priest who was also an alcoholic in recovery. George is a ?rst responder and was with Father Mychal Judge when he died. We learn how Mychal helped George face his own alcoholism and other challenges in his life.

Clinton is sponsoring this performance in recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Month, but it touches on many current issues including alcoholism, recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, human sexuality, suicidal ideation, and the need for healing after trauma. It was written about a year and a half ago and awarded grant funding through the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program at University of California (UC) Berkeley.

The play was written by Harry Cronin who is an ordained priest in the order of the Holy Cross. Although Harry didn’t know Mychal personally, they were the same age, ordained the same year, and both got sober around the same time. The script was developed by Christopher P. Kelly (Director) and John Tranchitella, and will be performed John Tranchitella.

Performances will be at 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM on October 25, at Clinton’s theatre in the Stafford Center. A Q&A session with John Tranchitella will follow each performance. Both performances are free and open to the public.