Tuesday, June 1, 2010

New Oberammergau Passion Play Highlights ‘Jesus against hierarchy’

The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play, which is now playing through October 3, will highlight a Jesus that is "against hierarchy and against institutions,” according to one of the two actors who portray Jesus.

The play also highlights Jesus’ Jewishness. In fact, Christ and the apostles all wear yarmulkes in the performance. “Now Jesus is portrayed as a reformist rabbi,” says Rabbi Noam Marans of the American Jewish Committee.

“For many centuries Oberammergau was concentrated on a suffering Christ,” added the play’s director. “I wanted to give him a deeper profile, to show that he was a man who wanted to say something.”

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