5th Ave & E 90th St
New York,NY 10128
We Shall Not Cease from Exploration – a Spiritual Meditation on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets
On Thursday, September 22, please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel at Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street on 90th and 5th Avenue, for our first Word & Spirit event of the year. Actor Judith Barcroft and cellist Mary Wooten will bring us a spiritual meditation on selections from T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets with musical improvisation. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 with the performance beginning at 7:00. This event is free and open to the public.
You are invited to join us for what promises to be a very special evening of word, music, and spirit as Judith and Mary bring their considerable interpretive gifts to this classic Anglican poem. Please pass this invitation along to anyone you know who loves performance, spoken word, and music.
About the Artists
Actor Judith Barcroft has appeared in seven Broadway shows, over one hundred regional productions and on television and film. Judith has worked with some of the greatest film and theatrical artists in New York and beyond, including Mike Nichols, Thornton Wilder, Robert Anderson, Edna Ferber, Neil Simon, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Walter Pidgeon, George C. Scott, and many more. She and her husband Wisner met on Broadway in ” Plaza Suite.” Judith is probably best known for her long-playing roles as Anne on “All My Children,” Lenore on “Another World,” Barbara on “Ryan’s Hope,” and for her work on “Edge of Night.” She is a graduate of Stephens College and Northwestern University.
Judith was first introduced to “the Four Quartets” by her father , James L. B. Williams, an Episcopal Priest. She studied poetry with Stephen Spender (Elliot’s contemporary) at Northwestern. She currently coaches acting privately and is the proud grandmother of Tierney Grace, Tatum Rose, and Thais Caroline.
Judith and her husband of forty seven years, Wisner Washam, have been members of Heavenly Rest since 1989, where she started the healing ministry, which is a branch of the Order of St. Luke’s. Judith has taught Sunday school and Children’s Chapel, and is a trained Stephen minister. She is currently on the vestry and serves as chalice bearer, intercessor, and lector. She is also an artist, studying art in Rome and at the Art Students League where she won a merit scholarship and served on the board for many years. She was an art therapist at Phoenix House working with troubled teens.
(When Judith performed in ” The Elephant Man” with David Bowie on Broadway, there was a live cellist onstage playing Bach; she has been enamored of the cello ever since!)
Cellist Mary Wooten is known for her flair and improvisation. Her musical endeavors have taken her to concert halls, avant-garde clubs, and jazz festivals around the world. A founding member of the Soldier and Sirius string quartets, Ms. Wooten is one of the pioneers who helped propel the classical string world toward new ventures with improvisation and electronically altered instruments. As quartet cellist she has premiered new music with Marin Alsop’s Concordia Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, at Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun! Festival, in live broadcasts on John Shaffer’s New Sounds series for National Public Radio, and in concerts at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Collaborations with such innovative musicians as John Zorn, Philip Glass, Jon Rose, Robert Dick, La Monte Young, and Elliot Sharp have led to performances not only in New York’s Tonic, The Knitting Factory, and The Kitchen but also at many new music locales and festivals in Europe, including Amsterdam’s Bimhuis and Ijsbreker clubs, Szene Wien in Vienna, and Cologne’s Musik Triennale festival.
With New York City as home base, Mary plays chamber and orchestral concerts in the city’s major concert halls and records for feature film soundtracks and national and international television and radio advertising. Broadway credits include performances in The New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull with Meryl Streep, an appearance as solo cellist with Corin Redgrave at Circle in the Square, and improvisational roles as cellist onstage in Catherine Gillet’s Wyoming and in the haunting chamber opera, Billy and Zelda by Tina Davidson.
Mary has been a back-up musician onstage with artists David Bowie, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Enya, Lenny Kravitz, Carole King, Tony Bennet, Diahann Carroll, and Johnny Mathis, and has made television appearances on MTV Unplugged, Late Night with David Letterman, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The View, Oxygen Network, and Live with Regis and Kelly.
(Mary has also performed on stage with David Bowie!)