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"The Testament of Mary" - Theater and the Scriptures

By May 11, 2013

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Want to watch a controversial play for Mother's Day? Then consider the one woman show: The Testament of Mary, written by Irish author, Colm Tóibín. It's one of the new works nominated for Best Play this Tony Award season, and it asks some challenging questions about religion, divinity, society, and parenthood.

Actress Fiona Shaw plays Jesus' mother in a way that my shock many Christian theater goers. Mary doubts that her child Jesus is the Son of God. And she doesn't wish to cooperate when the apostles try to record the gospels. Of course, Tóibín's play isn't the first drama to offer its own spin on the New Testament. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, for example, revisits the gospels in trial format, pitting attorneys against each other to determine the fate of Judas' soul. And, who can forget Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar?

Do you enjoy plays that offer their own take on religious doctrine? Is it intellectually invigorating? Insulting? Pointless? Wonderful? Leave a comment and share your views.


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