RIP, Joan E. McDevitt, mother of Joanne Kelly

Joan E. McDevitt, 94, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Gracedale Nursing Home in Nazareth, PA.  Joan was the mother of Joanne P. Kelly, Biology Lab Manager, and mother-in-law of Deacon George Kelly, Director of Institutional Research.  Messages of condolences may be sent through campus mail.  May Joan rest in peace!


PSF: Henry VIII opens July 24

The final play of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s 22nd season, Henry VIII, previews July 24, opens July 25, and runs through August 4 at the Labuda Center for the Arts at DeSales University.

Rehearsed the way Shakespeare’s company likely would have, this production will feature actors taking control, arriving with their lines learned and opening before an audience in a matter of days. There is no director – the position did not exist in Shakespeare’s time. And no designers, also a more recent invention.  Actors costume themselves after a costume shop “raid,” and commandeer props and elements from other Festival productions to fulfill a production that is uniquely of their invention.

This approach to Henry VIII creates a theatrical experience for patrons similar to audience experience in Shakespeare’s time. This is PSF’s third consecutive season employing what it calls “extreme Shakespeare.” Actors in Shakespeare’s time were believed to perform on short notice and present dozens of plays in the span of a few weeks.

Notorious for his habit of wedding and beheading, Henry VIII is played by Ian Bedford. Playing Henry’s scheming right-hand man Cardinal Wolsey is Richard B. Watson. Henry maneuvers through the political landscape of Renaissance England, hastening the rise and fall of cardinals and queens, one being Queen Katherine played by Susan Riley Stevens.

Shakespeare’s play about the life of England’s most famous monarch mixes history, tragedy, and romance – yielding great dramatic dimension and power.

Peter Schmitz plays Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Anthony Lawton, Prologue/Epilogue, and Christopher Patrick Mullen, Duke of Buckingham, takes on an array of characters throughout the play. Marguerite Price stage manages the production.

Henry VIII

By William Shakespeare

Previews: July 24

Opens: July 25

Closes: August 4

Performances: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm; Saturday & Sunday at 2pm; Sunday at 7:30pm

Tickets: $25-34. Discounts for student rush and groups.

Box Office: 610.282.WILL [9455], ext. 1. Order online at:

Can you help with Move-In Day on 8/25?

Fall Orientation is fast approaching and one of the best things about this event is the unity that the entire DeSales community shows to the new freshman class.  The positive feedback from students and their families about the students and staff that participate is tremendous.

Once again this year the Fall Orientation planning group would like to invite all DeSales faculty and staff to help with the move-in process on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  You can sign up by emailing Nick Luchko at  Please include the following:

Your Name

Your Department

Your Email

Your T-Shirt Size

Any limitations of activity? If yes, please explain.

Those who are unable to carry objects or have limited mobility, we will have other jobs such as handing out water or directing families during move in.  There is a job for everyone who wants to be involved.  You will get an official Fall Orientation t-shirt, breakfast and lunch for helping.

Those who are interested should let us know by Friday, July 26.  There will be a Fall Orientation production meeting on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in the McShea Activities Center (MAC) to go over the entire move in process.

A message from Father O’Connor

Dear Campus Community:

This is a letter  that I received from the Provincial of the Philadelphia-Wilmington Province of the Oblates.  He says well what all the Oblates of Wills Hall heard all week from our confreres throughout America and from the Superior General from Rome.  We have good reason to feel very proud.  You all made it so by your graciousness and kindness.  Thanks.  Fr. O

 — Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, President

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PSF: The Importance of Being Earnest and Measure for Measure

Oscar Wilde’s scintillating wit and romantic archetypes fill one of the most celebrated comedies of all time.  The Importance of Being Earnest opens on the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s main stage Friday, July 12, with previews July 10 and 11, and runs through August 4. The Importance of Being Earnest will play in repertory with Measure for Measure.

Full-time DSU faculty and staff save on ticket prices. Contact the box office for more.

Box Office: 610.282.WILL [9455] Order online at: