is an act of storytelling which explores the dynamics of the false self as seen through the eyes of an actor whose very vocation called him to become someone other than himself.  Written and presented by Douglas Hertler (known professionally as Doug Lory), it depicts his unexpected and life-changing encounter with the writings of Thomas Merton, most notably Merton’s classic No Man Is an Island.  While the conflicting personalities of Douglas Hertler and Doug Lory struggle to understand the true nature of their respective identities, Thomas Merton appears and reappears, creating a synergy of spirit and psyche that serves as a mirror into the soul. 
  • The performance portion of this event runs 80 minutes without an intermission

  • The post-performance Q&A typically runs 30-60min

  • Should you wish to book this performance as part of a one-day retreat program, click here

This performance does not require the use of a traditional stage nor any lighting effects.

Any variety of intimate venues may serve as a comfortable setting such as a: Conference

room, church hall, large classroom, etc.  Audio requirements are minimal.



January 31, 1915 - December 10, 1968

     Thomas Merton was a force of nature while he lived, and remains a force of nature 50 years after his death.  His combined books, journals, letters, & articles, along with his photography and calligraphy, create a body of work so breathtaking in scope, as to illuminate virtually every facet of the human condition.  His writings on spirituality, civil rights, social justice, nuclear war, institutional corruption, and inter-religious dialogue remain as resonant today as the day he wrote them.  From his birth in France, to his years at Columbia University, to his monastic calling deep in the hills of rural Kentucky at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Thomas Merton’s passionately lived life continues to reveal the breadth and depth of the human soul’s search for its’ truest self in relationship to the Living God, and the necessity of practicing both contemplation and action in transforming the face of humanity.


Merton and Me - A Living Trinity, strives to honor the following

Mission Statement:


     It is my prayerful wish to serve greater humanity by creating a spiritually, psychologically, and artistically compelling body of work as: an actor, author, public speaker, retreat leader, tour guide, and any other role yet to be discovered, which opens the hearts and minds of its audience and invites them to reflect more deeply on their own humanity as well as their relationship to universal humanity and the natural world.


     It is also my prayerful wish to continue to nurture my own spiritual life and to forever be a student of compassion, integrity, charity, and humility, and to cultivate deeper relationships with family and friends and every stranger that I meet, striving always to be an authentic reflection of faith, hope, and love in action in this confused and troubled world. 



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retreat house, university/college, monastery, religious community, ITMS Chapter, or any other venue, kindly fill out the contact form.

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