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FYI: Mediaeval Play Performances in NYC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1920  Tuesday, 10 October 2000.

From:           Hardy Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Oct 2000 09:01:22 -0400
Subject:        FYI: Mediaeval Play Performances in NYC

[Editor's Note: The following appeared on PERFORM - Medieval Performing
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Upcoming performances of medieval plays

The Marlowe Project
P.O. Box 090039
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209-0001
(212) 465-7428

September 20, 2000

                                Contact:  212 465 7428

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-THREE BIBILICAL PLAYS from the MIDDLE AGES from
The Marlowe Project

The Marlowe Project and the Arts Ministry of Church for All Nations are
pleased to announce its upcoming production of three medieval plays
based on Biblical stories.  The performances will take place at Church
for All Nations, located at 417 West 57th Street.

All three plays have been adapted into modern English from their
original Middle English or French texts.  While medieval drama is often
studied in college literature classes, this is a rare opportunity to see
performances of these plays.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, November 2 at 8 PM
Friday, November 3 at 9 PM
Saturday, November 4 at 8 PM
Sunday, November 5 at 2 PM
Thursday, November 9 at 8 PM
Friday, November 10 at 9 PM
Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM

The three plays to be performed are:

The Woman Taken in Adultery
Based on John 8: 3-11, this play tells the story of Jesus' compassion
and the hypocrisy of accusers.  Taken from one of the great Corpus
Christi cycles, this is one of the great gems of medieval English
theatre.

The Conversion of Saint Paul
The anonymous playwright of this work has infused considerable humor
(and a pair of comic demons) into this drama which illustrates the story
of Paul from his beginnings as a persecutor of Christians through his
conversion and the perils he later undertook.  This rarely performed
(though often studied) play survives in a single manuscript, called the
Digby Codex.  The play contains a number of elements later found in the
works of Shakespeare, and an astute observer will find textual and
situational precursors to A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of
Windsor and Macbeth.

The Prodigal Son
This famous story, found in Luke 15: 11-32, was relocated by a twelfth
century writer to France.  The play is also known as Courtois d'Arras,
which is the name the anonymous playwright gave the errant son who
receives forgiveness from his father.  The audience gets to observe
first-hand Courtois' debauchery and see his redemption.  This is a funny
and moving drama.

The production is directed by the Marlowe Project's artistic director,
Jeff Dailey.  The Marlowe Project was founded five years ago to perform
early English drama, especially that of Christopher Marlowe.  Recent
productions include performances of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, The
Massacre at Paris and The Second Shepherd's Play.

The Friday evening performances will be at 9 PM, after the weekly
concert in the Midtown Music Series at the Church for All Nations.  The
concerts begin at 7 PM, and the public is cordially invited.  For
information about the Midtown Music Series, contact Heitor Caballero at
(212) 333-5583.

Tickets for the Three Biblical Plays are $10.00.  A special group rate
of $7.00 is offered to schools, churches and other organizations who
order at least ten tickets and pay in advance.  For reservations,
contact the Marlowe Project at (212) 465-7428.

The Church for All Nations is located on the north side of 57th Street,
between 9th and 10th Avenues in Manhattan.  It accessible to the A, B, C
and D subway lines, exit at Columbus Circle, 59th Street, and the 57th
Street station on the N and R lines.
 

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