The Oberammergau Passion Play

Essays on the 2010 Performance and the Centuries-Long Tradition

Wetmore, Kevin J., Jr.,

The Oberammergau Passion Play: Essays on the 2010 Performance and the Centuries-Long Tradition
 
 
Every ten years since 1634, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau has performed the world's most famous Passion Play, recounting the last days of Jesus Christ. In 2010, presenting the play for the 41st time, the village broke with tradition to offer a new interpretation for a post-millennial, international audience. Drawing on interviews with villagers and international responses, this collection of new essays provides an analysis of the play by scholars who attended. Topics include changes in response to charges of anti-Semitism, how the play defines the village, how the performance changes the audience, and a comparison of Oberammergau 2010 with American Passion Plays, Indian pilgrimage drama and other German Passion Plays.


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