New Oberammergau Passion Play emphasizes: ‘Jesus was against hierarchy’
May 28, 2010
The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play, which began on May 15 and will run through October 3, emphasizes that “Jesus was against hierarchy and against institutions,” according to one of the two actors who portray Jesus.
The play also places emphasis on Jesus’ Jewishness: Christ and the apostles 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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