October 2012

The ancient York Mystery Plays, circa 2012

When I was twenty I had the opportunity to witness a modern staging of an ancient but frequently performed religious play, the Oberammergau Passion Play in this small town in Bavaria. Running all summer long and involving about a thousand of the townspeople in all aspects of the project, each performance lasted a full six hours long with dramatic music, live animals, and a massive well-rehearsed cast - it was powerful to say the least.