Epic Theatre to Present New York Premiere of Ruhl's Passion Play

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Following last week's announcement that Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room or the vibrator play will play Broadway's Lyceum Theatre comes news that Epic Theatre Ensemble will present the New York premiere of Ruhl's Passion Play.
Sarah Ruhl
Sarah Ruhl

An Epic spokesperson told Playbill.com that Passion will be seen at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in spring 2010. Mark Wing-Davey, who directed Passion Play at both the Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre, will again direct.

No casting has been announced.

The three-act Passion Play is described in press notes as a "a wildly imaginative, adventurous, and moving exploration of the timeless intersection of religion, art, and politics. Inspired by the historic festivals where everyday citizens came together to elevate their communities by staging the life and death of Christ, Passion Play transports audiences first to 16th-century England, where Queen Elizabeth threatens to shut down a small town's production; then to Nazi Germany, where Adolf Hitler's arrival at the famous Oberammergau ... and finally to Spearfish, South Dakota in 1984, as a local production becomes a campaign stop for a famous actor-turned-President running for re-election."

Originally penned as two one-acts, Ruhl was commissioned by Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage to create the third and final act.

In the Next Room will mark the Broadway debut of playwright Ruhl, who has authored the acclaimed plays Eurydice, The Clean House and Dead Man's Cell Phone.

For more information go to www.epictheatrectr.org.

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