By Sarah Ruhl
Named one of many "Ten top performs of 2008" by way of the recent Yorker
“Sarah Ruhl’s daring, creative, and ironic triptych [is] a meditation on devotion and its appropriation by way of the kingdom. . . . Ruhl is an unique; a storyteller with a great brain evolving her personal theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, the recent Yorker
“It’s a special form of morality play . . . a frequently wondrous paintings . . . with [Ruhl’s] personal exact lyrical mixture of poetry, humor and grace.”—Frank Rizzo, Variety
Passion Play is Sarah Ruhl’s “biggest, such a lot formidable attempt yet” (The big apple Times), a three-and-a-half hour intimate epic, plunging the depths of the well timed intersection of politics and faith. Ruhl dramatizes a neighborhood of avid gamers rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter ardour in 3 diverse eras: 1575 northern England, previous to Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergua, Bavaria, as Hitler is emerging to strength; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam via Reagan’s presidency. In each one interval, the avid gamers grapple in numerous methods with the transformative nature of artwork, and politics are by no means a ways within the heritage, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan every one look, performed via a unmarried commanding actor.
Sarah Ruhl’s performs contain lifeless Man’s cellular phone, Eurydice, and The fresh condo, which used to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her paintings has been largely produced either during the state and across the world, and he or she is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
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Are you not the famed village that plays the Passion, scattering tales of its holiness across the land? pontius We are that very village, sir. visiting friar Not many towns dare in these dark days to play the Passion in England. pontius Aye. This town is slow to change. 17 ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ visiting friar Are you then the same town famed for a most beautiful and graceful young man who plays the part of Christ? pontius He is, in point of fact—my cousin. visiting friar Your family must be proud of such a relation.
Owls don’t fly out of their dens for no reason. mary 1 You play tricks with words. pontius Do you play tricks, Mary? mary 1 Certainly not. They look at each other. He seizes her. They kiss. She drops the jar. The night air. You’ve spilled it. Pontius gets on the wagon and traps the same bit of air that John has trapped. He gives it to her. She pities him. Kisses him. You don’t taste like other men. 39 ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ pontius I know. She kisses him again. mary 1 They would take away my part or worse if they knew.
Carpenter 1 dangles. Mary 1, meanwhile, looks ill. director (To Carpenter 1) There. Now say the bloody line. And you. (Points to Carpenter 2, who is dressed as Joseph) Kneel down. Look surprised. Carpenter 2 looks surprised. Not surprised like you’ve wet yourself. Surprised as in amazed. Surprised holy-like. Surprised like your wife ’s bosom has grown big as two pumpkins, all at once. Carpenter 2 opens his mouth wide. There. Continue. 47 ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ carpenter 1 (As Gabriel) Hail, thou that art highly f-favored, the Lord is with thee, Mary.