Session Title

Performing Christ and Satan: A Readers' Theater Performance of the York Smiths' Play ("The Temptation") and the York Saddlers' Play ("Harrowing of Hell") from the York Mystery Cycle

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Chaucer Studio

Organizer Name

Joe Ricke

Organizer Affiliation

Taylor Univ.

Presider Name

Joe Ricke

Paper Title 1

Performer

Presenter 1 Name

Jane Chance

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Rice Univ.

Paper Title 2

Performer

Presenter 2 Name

Alan T. Gaylord

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Dartmouth College

Paper Title 3

Performer

Presenter 3 Name

Thomas J. Farrell

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Stetson Univ.

Paper Title 4

Performer

Presenter 4 Name

Susan Yager

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Iowa State Univ.

Paper Title 5

Performer

Presenter 5 Name

Carolyn Coulson

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Shenandoah Univ.

Paper Title 6

Performer

Presenter 6 Name

Alan Baragona

Presenter 6 Affiliation

James Madison Univ.

Paper Title 7

Performers

Presenter 7 Name

Bernard Lewis, Paul R. Thomas

Presenter 7 Affiliation

Murray State Univ., Brigham Young Univ.

Start Date

15-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley I Ackley 106

Description

For over a decade a group of scholar/teachers has performed (Readers' Theater-style) medieval drama at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. These performances are recorded for distribution by the Chaucer Studio. For the 2015 Congress, the performances will be of two different plays from the York Mystery Cycle, both of which feature encounters between Christ and Satan. They are the York Smiths' Play (The Temptation of Christ by Satan in the Wilderness) and the York Saddlers’ Play (“The Harrowing of Hell”). Doing both of these plays in one session will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the thematic, doctrinal, and theatrical similarities and differences between the two plays. Further, with different actors portraying the two Christs and the two Satans, we can experience, in some slight way, the dilated performance of a single character by multiple performers in one day.

give insight into the ongoing characterizations of Christ and Satan in the cycle

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May 15th, 3:30 PM

Performing Christ and Satan: A Readers' Theater Performance of the York Smiths' Play ("The Temptation") and the York Saddlers' Play ("Harrowing of Hell") from the York Mystery Cycle

Valley I Ackley 106

For over a decade a group of scholar/teachers has performed (Readers' Theater-style) medieval drama at the International Congress on Medieval Studies. These performances are recorded for distribution by the Chaucer Studio. For the 2015 Congress, the performances will be of two different plays from the York Mystery Cycle, both of which feature encounters between Christ and Satan. They are the York Smiths' Play (The Temptation of Christ by Satan in the Wilderness) and the York Saddlers’ Play (“The Harrowing of Hell”). Doing both of these plays in one session will provide a unique opportunity to reflect on the thematic, doctrinal, and theatrical similarities and differences between the two plays. Further, with different actors portraying the two Christs and the two Satans, we can experience, in some slight way, the dilated performance of a single character by multiple performers in one day.

give insight into the ongoing characterizations of Christ and Satan in the cycle