I saw Sharon Halsey-Hoover walk into the assembled audience in a small chapel at St. Monica's church, Santa Monica, California, back in 2006. I still remember how quickly we were aware of Dorothy Day's presence, as Ms. Halsey Hoover walked in with her simple dress and bandana on her head. The setting was transformed, we were no longer aware of Sharon Halsey-Hoover, but of Dorothy Day. We followed Dorothy Day's journey as a young journalist and her personal commitment towards social justice and the decisions she had to make for her own personal life. It gave me the sense of the real person that struggled to follow her beliefs and her work. Seeing Sharon's portrayal of Dorothy gave me a sense of her humanity and her early decisions to do her work. It gave me a better understanding of Dorothy.
John August Swanson, Artist
The sixth through ninth grade students at Saint Joseph School in Fort Collins, Colorado were treated to a dramatic presentation of the life of Dorothy Day performed by Sharon Halsey-Hoover. Her portrayal is so convincing that we really felt as though Dorothy Day had indeed stopped by to share a cup of coffee and visit. Sharon did a wonderful job of transporting us back to a time and place we had only read about. I'm sure the students have a much better understanding of this unique lady and the important work that she did for the poor.
Saint Joseph School, Fort Collins, Colorado
"Every single person you meet IS Jesus!" asserted Dorothy Day as she sipped coffee with nearly 70 women who were mesmerized when Dorothy briefly returned to earth (St. Anne's Church hall) to share her humor and humility as well as her sorrows, sacrifice and surrender on her journey to conversion and to the creation of the Catholic Worker movement!
The St. Anne's Women's Guild was privileged to present Sharon Halsey-Hoover as she portrayed Dorothy Day (1897-1980) in a convincing and emotional rendition of "Conversations with Dorothy Day." Sharon had many of us in tears as she shared the tumultuous life of Dorothy Day who is considered by many to be the most influential Catholic woman of the 20th Century!
St. Anne's Women's Guild,
Seal Beach, California