The 12th century music-drama...that became an Atlanta tradition.
Directed by Kelly Morris
Music Direction by Kevin Culver
THE PLAY OF HEROD
The Cast, Consort, and Crew thank everyone who shared the experience of this play with us in December of 2013.
The 2013 production was the final Play of Herod for the collaboration team of Director Kelly Morris and Music Director Kevin Culver. Kelly says: Kevin and I have decided that 2013 will be our last year to do The Play of Herod. It's been a wonderful experience--I've loved the feeling of reunion with the casts and audiences over the years. But we have been doing this beautiful play long enough. Kevin and I don't plan to stop working together. . .we'll do other projects in the future.
Tickets for the performances at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal on Thursday, Dec 12th, and Friday, Dec 13th were sold by Brown Paper Tickets. A big advantage of pre-purchased tickets is confirmed admission, without having to stand in the ticket purchase line. Doors open at 8 pm for the 8:30 show. Please note: This production is not suited for babies or youngsters unable to sit quietly for an hour. Due to the nature of the play, there will be no late seating. Your kind cooperation will be rewarded with a magical evening!
St. Bartholomew's is located on the north side of LaVista Road. Go through one traffic light east of Briarcliff Road (Whole Foods is on the SE corner). Turn left at the entrance and circle around to the back of the church; park and come in through the double doors, where you will be greeted. Plan to stay after the show to enjoy cookies and cider and join the cast in singing traditional Christmas carols.
The Play of Herod combines the traditional Christmas story of the shepherds and magi traveling to see the miraculous baby with the reaction at Herod's court to news that a potential threat to Herod's power has been born. The play is sung in Latin, with English translations projected above the action. A consort of viols, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion accompanies the singers.
In the Atlanta Camerata Theatre production, the world of Herod is dreamlike, shadowy, and stark. The Christmas story unfolds in a medieval ceremony of simple gestures and ancient, haunting melodies. It is a tale of awestruck shepherds, kings from afar come to worship a baby, a King Herod clinging to power, the bloody slaughter of children.
The Play of Herod is one of a group of remarkable liturgical dramas found in a Benedictine monastery in France, which are among the earliest dramatic works in the Christian era. Read more here.
2013 Cast Members
Bart Gilleland performs the title role of King Herod; Jim Robinson returns as the Armiger; Jonathan Pilkington appears as the Archangel; Wanda Yang Temko and Chrissy Spencer portray the Midwives/Mothers; Matthew Ireland, Philip Sasse and Kevin Streiter return as the Magi; Nancy Bryant, Adrin Akins, Sue Reynolds and Patty Guenthner are the Shepherds; the Angels/Innocents are portrayed by Heather Almond, Lisa Caspall, Debora Grosse, Nell Mermin-Bunnell, Anna Ridgeway, Stephanie Roberts, Jennie Saliers, Peyton Sammons, Wimberly Thomas, and Rachel Wong; Herod's Scribes are Ian Kincaid, John Yntema, James Engstrom, and John Carter; Steve Lindsley plays Joseph and Camille LaScala is Mary.
Read about the Herod cast. The play is accompanied by a Consort of period-appropriate instruments. Herod's director since the play's Atlanta debut in 1974 is Kelly Morris. Read an INTERVIEW with Kelly Morris.
Read about the Fleury manuscript of the play.
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church ~ website
The final performance will be on Saturday, December 14th
at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit ~ Buy Tickets
(Shhhhhhhh. Please be very quiet inside of the church.)
2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094