By Sarah Ruhl
Named one of many "Ten most sensible performs of 2008" via the hot Yorker
“Sarah Ruhl’s daring, creative, and ironic triptych [is] a meditation on devotion and its appropriation via the kingdom. . . . Ruhl is an unique; a storyteller with a very good brain evolving her personal theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, the recent Yorker
“It’s a distinct type 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 bold attempt yet” (The long island Times), a three-and-a-half hour intimate epic, plunging the depths of the well timed intersection of politics and faith. Ruhl dramatizes a group of gamers rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter ardour in 3 diverse 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 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 history, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan every one look, performed via a unmarried commanding actor.
Sarah Ruhl’s performs contain lifeless Man’s mobile phone, Eurydice, and The fresh apartment, which used to be nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her paintings has been extensively produced either through the kingdom and the world over, and he or she is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.
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Your mother . . is she very sick? mary 1 My mother? . oh yes . . her belly . . she swallowed something . . john I’m sorry, Mary. You know I would drink your sorrow if I could. John escorts Mary 1 offstage. Pontius appears from behind a bush. pontius Always, always, always him! I can cry only out of one eye. Only the left and the right stays dry. Dry as a bone dry as a cunt who’s left alone. Oh, God let me cry! 33 ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ Out of both eyes, please God, please God let me cry! Same scene.
32 ◆ PASSION PLAY ◆ She hands him a jar and he climbs an abstracted wagon. john This spot? She scrutinizes him from behind. mary 1 Perhaps a little to the left. And to the right. And up. Yes, that bit there. john (Handing her the jar) I hope this will do, Mary. She smiles at him. Your mother . . is she very sick? mary 1 My mother? . oh yes . . her belly . . she swallowed something . . john I’m sorry, Mary. You know I would drink your sorrow if I could. John escorts Mary 1 offstage. Pontius appears from behind a bush.
I couldn’t stand to see one so alone and so alive, so I killed the poor devil to put it out of its misery. He sees Mary 1 offstage. Hush—Mary walks. The smell of the moon follows her. And her eyes follow my cousin. Would she kiss a poor fishmonger? Would she wrap her arms around the stench? Mary 1 appears, holding a jar. 37 ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ Miss Mary, why are you out walking at this time of night? mary 1 You startled me. pontius I didn’t mean to frighten you, Mary. mary 1 There is little light from the moon tonight.
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