Medieval Religious Drama
March 23, 2023 6:30pm
In the early 4th century, Christian bishops banned the theater, threatening excommunication of anyone who attended the theater during Holy Week. By the early 10th century, however, drama revived within the church itself, with little plays representing and interpreting the Easter story. Professor Larry Welborn of Fordham University explores the earliest church dramas for insight into the life and faith of Medieval Christians. Selected antiphons and scenes will be presented by readers from the St. Bart's Players. Medieval drama existed to celebrate the human being as loved by God.