About the Play


A one-woman play and true story, Teri Bays, playwright and actress, portrays two women: herself and a radical nun, overcoming adversity, domestic abuse and injustice.  Threads of their universal stories are woven around the strength and weakness of their mothers, their father's relationship with alcohol and an often unjust church.  Joan takes on the Vatican, inspiring women, including Teri, who works in the church. Eventually, through humor and heartbreak along the way, we discover how Teri and Joan are connected to one another.


  • women
  • domestic abuse
  • our mothers
  • institutional sinfulness 
  • overcoming adversity
  • social justice
  • women's ordination
  • interfaith
  • life

A one-woman play about two women


Scenes, portions of Joan's letters, books and speeches are used to further the story of her life.  


Portions of wisdom are delivered from the podium  until we hear the genius and humor of Joan's keynote address, an inspiring call to action.

Teri Bays performing Joan Chittister The Play

  Funny, heartbreaking, defining moments....

Variety of Performance Spaces

  • Theatres
  • Churches
  • Social Halls
  • Community Rooms
  • Performing Arts Center

Erie, PA


Joan D Chittister Lecture/Event Series, Mercyhurst University

Performing Arts Center

May 3, 2019

Milwaukee, WI


St. Mary's University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November, 2018

Morristown, NJ


Sophia Inclusive Community at
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

September 15, 2017

Sedona, AZ


Mary D. Fisher Theatre

April 13, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA


Glaser Auditorium

January 13, 2018

Burlington, VT

St. Michael's College
Burlington, VT
April 6, 2018

St. Michael's College

April 6, 2018

Notre Dame Chapel, North Caldwell, NJ


Just before the doors open for an intimate performance with free-will donation 

Religious Community, New York


100+ Sisters & associates for a private event, 

sponsored by their religious community

Church of Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ


300 grateful parishioners attended free event sponsored by parish community.

Your Community, Organization, Parish?

What they say about Joan...

Fr. James Martin, SJ priest and author

"Joan Chittister is that rare combination of a gifted spiritual writer and a great prophetic voice in our church, speaking out for women, for minorities and for all marginalized people.  When I think of someone who speaks truth to power, I think of Joan."   


Next Performance


Canfield, Ohio February 27, 2020

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