Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
174Trip End Apr 10, 2011
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While we were in line waiting we met a couple of New Yorkers, Bill and Lorraine, who were really fun to talk to. Back at home they had kids our age, so they were really easy to talk to. They had just uprooted from Boston to live in Naples, Italy
The play took 9 hours in total (3/3/3). It was so very spectacular from the get go. Literally hundreds of people would fill the stage at one time. The scenes were punctuated by an amazing 50 strong choir, which would sing around a static scene of old testament prophesies that pointed to Jesus.
If you could get past the fact that the whole play is in German, and that when they fought and argued it got pretty intense, the play is mystifying. The amateur acting was remarkable. Apparently there are 2 Jesus actors, and they are elected by the town-people. Blonde German Jesus is cool. We dig it.
The second half was really intense with the crucifixion, but we thought it was really tastefully done, and we didn't feel like there was too much Catholic propaganda (AKA. Mel Gibson…)
We loved the colour themed costumes and the fact that they used sheep, camels, donkeys, doves and horses which was really impressive.
We couldn’t take photos which was a shame, but we were really thrilled and touched to be able to see the Passionspiele. (A beautiful reward after all the drama leading up to it!)