MCCC drama students will play a total of 54 roles when they present
"The Mysteries," a series of marvelous mystery
plays that hail from Medieval times. According to Drama program
coordinator Jody Person, "In just 2-1/2 hours, we take the
audience from the creation of man and woman to the last judgment,
complete with an apocalyptic scene of demons and hellfire."
The plays will be performed on Fridays, Feb. 16 and 23, and Saturdays,
Feb. 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located on MCCC's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. (The Studio Theatre is
an intimate performance space located next to Kelsey Theatre.)
Person, mystery plays are a major form of Medieval European drama,
with plots and characters drawn from the Bible. A precursor to Shakespearean
theater, they blend the sacred with the humorous, sometimes getting
the story hilariously wrong while making their point. Still performed
regularly in Europe, "these tales provide delightful entertainment
on a level that both children and adults can enjoy," Person
said. "They are wonderful, exciting and adventurous, and include
interaction with the audience. I wish Sunday school was taught this
way." He gives the show a PG-rating for some mild violence
and off-color language.
In what Person
describes as "religion meets the traveling circus," the
MCCC student production will include modern touches such as God's
entrance in an SUV and other actors arriving on scooters and bikes.
While most of the pieces are from the Middle Ages, contemporary
works from Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo and Academy Award Winner
Ingmar Bergman offer a more modern religious perspective. "One
of our jobs as educators is to help students embrace the diversity
in the world around them. These plays give students and their audience
a chance to consider the concept of faith and the different spiritual
perspectives that we all bring to the table."
include: Melanie Britten, Kevin Daniel, Josiah DeAndrea, Jennifer
Fordyce, Clayton Gage, Michael Gervasoni, Keith Harper, Jr., Ricki
Hearns, Shauri Johnson, Dan Lownie, Nitta (first name only), Yiraldi
Reyes, Nikki Russano, and Justin Schilling.
The show is
directed by Sherry Teitelbaum, a New York City professional who
has spent 30 years in theater. She has directed at Performers Access
Studio, Fordham University, The Century Ballroom Theater, Spilling
Black Ink Productions, The Educational Alliance at the E. 14th Street
Y, Musical Theatre Southwest, Yale University, and the Provincetown
New Works Festival and Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.
"The Mysteries" are $12 for adults, and $10 for students
and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets
may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Mysteries" Cast in Rehearsal
"Mysteries" cast, left to right, Michael Gervasoni, Ricki
Hearns, Nikki Russano, Nitta (first name only), Dan Lownie, Yiraldi
Reyes, Kevin Daniel, Melanie Britten, Shauri Johnson, Jennifer Fordyce,
Kieth Harper and Josiah DeAndrea. Not pictured: Clayton Gage.