The Play of Herod is a beloved Atlanta tradition performed annually since 1974. It is one of a group of remarkable liturgical dramas, found in a Benedictine monastery in France, which are among the earliest dramatic works in the Christian era.
This production combines two 12th-century manuscripts from the Benedictine monastery of St. Benoit-sur-Loire near Fleury. The Play of Herod is a liturgical music-drama, thought to be the earliest form of medieval drama.
In the Camerata Theatre production, the world of Herod is dreamlike, shadowy, and stark. The Christmas story unfolds in a medieval ceremony of simple gestures and ancient, haunting melodies. It is a tale of awestruck shepherds, kings from afar come to worship a baby, a King Herod clinging to power, the bloody slaughter of children. A consort of viols, recorders, krumm horn, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion accompanies the singers.
The Play of Herod is sung in Latin, with English translations projected above the action.
THIS IS THE VERY LAST PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAY OF HEROD.
THE CAMERATA THEATRE PRODUCTION HAS COME TO A CLOSE.
DIRECTED BY KELLY MORRIS
MUSIC DIRECTION BY KEVIN CULVER