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    Passion play

    WRITTEN BY SARAH RUHL
    DIRECTED BY MICHAEL DOVE

     
    March 19-April 11, 2015
     
    "Ruhl's biggest, most ambitious effort yet" -New York Times
     
    Three communities of players put on the annual Easter story of Christ while navigating the intersection of religion, art, and politics. This boldly inventive play spans three eras: Queen Elizabeth's England,  Hitler's Germany, and Reagan's America. Ruhl's exploration of devotion (or/and sacrifice?) takes us on a humorous yet unsettling journey filled with lustwhimsy, and a lot of fish.
     
    Sarah Ruhl - Pulitzer prize finalist, Tony award nominee, MacArthur Fellow - was inspired to write this three-act cycle while reading a childhood book about the traditional passion play performances in Oberammergau, Germany.  Peter Marks, of The Washington Post, calls Ruhl a"fresh and provocative voice that the theatre desperately needs."
     
    Passion Play is a return to the epic scope of Forum favorites Angels in AmericaScorched, and Mad Forest.
     
     
     
     

    Featuring

    TONYA BECKMAN, SHAYNA BLASS, FRANK BRITTON, EDWARD CHRISTIAN, BEN CUNIS, MATT DEWBERRY, JONATHAN FEUER, MEGAN GRAVES, LAURA C. HARRIS, MICHAEL LITCHFIELD, AND JON HUDSON ODOM 

              

     

     

    ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
    Sarah Ruhl’s Plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House,Passion Play, a cycleDead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy PlayEurydiceOrlandoLate: a cowboy song, and most recently, Dear Elizabeth, and Stage Kiss.  She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country,often with premiers at Yale Repertory theater, Berkeley Repertory theater, the Goodman Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over ten languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur award. She recently published a book of essays entitled 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write. You can read more about her work on www.SarahRuhlplaywright.com. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

     

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
    Michael is a native of Stuarts Draft, Virginia and attended James Madison University with a few of the other co-founders of Forum Theatre. He has lived in DC since 2003 and his passion for theatre is only rivaled by his undying love for Manchester United. At Forum, he has directed the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Steve Yockey's Pluto,  Agnes Under the Big TopHolly Down In Heaven (world premiere), Church, Mad Forest, Scorched, Angels in America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men (co-directed), dark play or stories for boys, Marat/Sade, Antigone, Valparaiso, Rockaby and Rough for Radio(for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The Memorandum, Hamletmachine, BECKETT: The Shorter Plays and the upcoming Passion Play. His other credits include 4000 Miles at Vermont Stage Company, Side Man at 1st Stage, A View From the Bridge at Cape Fear Regional Theater, The Twelve Days of Christmas by Renee Calarco at Adventure Theatre (world premiere), La Corbière at Solas Nua (co-directed), The Water Engine and Metamorphosesat Montgomery College, as well as shows for the Imagination Stage ConservatorySource Festival, and the upcoming premiere of Human Capacity at the University of Maryland. He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Board Member of theatreWashington.

     

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