By Sarah Ruhl
Named one of many "Ten top performs of 2008" by means of the hot 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 very good brain evolving her personal theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, the hot Yorker
“It’s a special form of morality play . . . a regularly wondrous paintings . . . with [Ruhl’s] personal designated lyrical combination of poetry, humor and grace.”—Frank Rizzo, Variety
Passion Play is Sarah Ruhl’s “biggest, so much bold attempt yet” (The manhattan 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 gamers rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter ardour in 3 diversified eras: 1575 northern England, earlier than Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergua, Bavaria, as Hitler is emerging to energy; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam via Reagan’s presidency. In every 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 historical past, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan every one look, performed by means of a unmarried commanding actor.
Sarah Ruhl’s performs comprise useless Man’s mobile phone, Eurydice, and The fresh condo, which used to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her paintings has been largely produced either during the nation and the world over, and she or he is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.