On Thursday June 1st, at 6:30pm in All Saints’ Hall, our friend, Doug Berky will be presenting his latest work: “Tolstories: From Aristocrat to Holy Fool.” An original adaptation of selected Leo Tolstoy short stories by Doug Berky with Carol Sutton.
The presentation on June 1st will be held as a Benefit for Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.
Doug explores the world as seen through the lesser-known works of the literary giant Leo Tolstoy. A theatrical adaptation of Tolstoy’s short stories offers insight into the writer’s quest for meaning.
“My journey with Leo Tolstoy has been one of challenge, inspiration and introspection. Once intimidated by Tolstoy, the imagined literary giant, I now find myself drawn to the seeking, provocative, and humanitarian Tolstoy. In my research, I discovered a Tolstoy who advocated for literacy and wrote stories for children, who advocated for religious freedom and led national efforts for famine relief, who opposed capital punishment and who advocated for non-violent resistance to evil. Inspiration from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount forever changed the way he lived his life.
His stories written after this transformation provide insight into his spiritual struggles with the meaning of this life. I hope audiences will enjoy and be challenged by these stories.”