Hailed by The New Yorker’s John Lahr as “extraordinary,” “bold,” and “inventive,” Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play takes us behind the scenes of three very different communities attempting to stage the death and resurrection of Christ.
This intimate epic occurs at the timely intersection of politics and religion. Ruhl dramatizes a community of players rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter Passion in three different eras: 1575 Northern England, just before Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergau, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam through Reagan’s presidency. In each period, the players grapple with the transformative nature of art, and politics are never far in the background.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Genre: Adaptations (Literature), Period, Docudrama/Historic, Faith-based
- Time Period: Present Day, 1980s, 1940s / WWII, 15th Century
- Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting
- Target Audience: Adult