Bella’s Blog #2

I’m back, Odyssey Theatre attendees! After a one week hiatus to participate in my school’s production of Romeo and Juliet as a part of the outdoor Shakespeare in the Park(ing lot) festival, I’m back at my internship. I must say that I am going to miss this internship greatly after the holidays, but I have a few weeks left to work so I’m not going to think about that right now. Today I’ve been working on finding interesting things about the Odyssey’s new production of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play targeted to people in my age group. I’ve become engrossed in this project, as I have just studied the Cold War and am now studying 70s counter-culture.

For those of you who don’t know, Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play is a trilogy of one-acts, each depicting a production of a “Passion Play” in different eras. Part 1 takes place in Elizabethan England, Part 2 is in Nazi Germany, and Part 3 is in Reagan era America. I am particularly moved by Ruhl’s production notes on her website, particularly the phrase “But what is the difference in acting as a performance and acting as moral action?” All the leaders in Sarah Rhul’s Passion Play were actors of a sort, playing the role given to them by the public. It’s interesting how this is a common theme among leaders from Elizabethan times up until today. A political leader can influence one to act in a certain way, while an actor can influence one to feel in a certain way. When these roles are combined in the cases of the characters in the play, the lines between moral action and performance are blurred. It’s fascinating to watch and I can’t wait for everyone to see how it plays out in the theatre!

Bella Grace Harris
Wildwood School – Class of 2015