THE NEGRO PASSION PLAY
THE NEGRO PASSION PLAY, a dramatic re-imagining of the Passion of Jesus Christ - his trial, suffering, and death -within the context of the American Civil Rights Movement.
THE NEGRO PASSION PLAY imagines:
"It is a Sunday morning, nineteen-hundred-and-fifty-five, in a small American town. Mary Magdalene and Martha enter a church in the midst of Jubilee service and sit in a back pew. They are teenagers and Black and this is an all-white congregation. His sermon interrupted, the Reverend Caiaphus, demands that the heathens leave the sanctuary, but Mary and Martha respectfully decline. Soon Herod's men are called and the girls are arrested. Meanwhile, Jesus of Nazareth Baptist Church and his twelve Disciples 'hear tell' of the arrest and move to intercede on the girl's behalf. Jesus soon find himself thrust into the burgeoning movement to integrate 'The Church' and headlong into the fulfillment of prophesy."
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