The 12th century music-drama...that has become an Atlanta tradition.
Directed by Kelly Morris
Music Direction by Kevin Culver
THE PLAY OF HEROD
Thursday & Friday, December 12th & 13th
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,
1790 La Vista Road ~ Atlanta, Georgia 30329
The 2013 production of The Play of Herod will be presented
at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal on Thursday, Dec 12th, and Friday, Dec 13th. The final 2013 performance will be at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers on Saturday, Dec 14th.
Tickets for 2013 productions: Tickets for all three performances will be sold on-line through Brown Paper Tickets. Details will be posted here in the fall. We'll also have a FaceBook events page for updates. We hope to see all of our loyal audience members and friends in attendance - and if you've been thinking you should see it "one of these years"...this is it.
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, krumm horn, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion accompanies the singers.
In the 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.
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 cooperation will be rewarded with a magical evening!
Bart Gilleland performs the title role of King Herod; Jim Robinson returns as the Armiger; Jonathan Pilkington joins the cast as the Archangel; Wanda Yang Temko and Liz McConnaughey portray the Midwives/Mothers; Matthew Ireland joins Philip Sasse and Kevin Streiter in the Magi trio; veteran shepherd Nancy Bryant is joined by Patty Guenther and Marion Hopkins; the Angels/Innocents are portrayed by Heather Almond, Lisa Caspall, Dawn Foster, Eliza Guinn, Anna Ridgeway, Stephanie Roberts, Jennie Saliers, Peyton Sammons, Chrissy Spencer, Natalie Spruell and Rachel Wong; Herod's Scribes are veterans Ian Kincaid, John Yntema, and Eric Dickerson joined by James Engstrom; Steve Lindsley plays Joseph to Anna Kelly's 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
St. Bart's is located on the north side of LaVista. Go through one traffic light east of Briarcliff Road (Whole Foods is on the SE corner). Turn left at the entrance and circle around the church to the right; park and come in through the double doors.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit ~ Brown Paper Tickets
(Shhhhh. Please be very quiet inside of the church.)
2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers, GA 30094