Mystery Plays opens Nov. 18 at Adams State College

(11-12-2008)

The Adams State College Theatre Department's "The Mystery Plays," written Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and and directed by Kyle Wellman and Matthew Clark, opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Xperimental Theatre. The show continues nightly at 8 p.m. through Nov. 22. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $6 for seniors and students, and free to Adams State Associated Students and Faculty. Call 719-587-TIXX for reservations.

"The Mystery Plays" is divided into two one-acts, "The Filmmaker's Mystery" and "Ghost Children." According to Clark, who directs the former, the plays are interrelated and contain some of the same characters but can be shown as singular performances. "Both productions have a beginning, a climax, and a conclusion."

Wellman, director of "Ghost Children," said the term, "mystery plays," is derived from medieval church drama that was produced for the illiterate masses to explain saints, forgiveness, heaven and hell. The Adams State production is a modern translation of the medieval dramas. "Our plays focus on hope and forgiveness." He said "Ghost Children" is based on a true story of a sister returning to testify on her brother's behalf, who killed their parents and younger sister as a troubled teen.

"The Filmmaker's Mystery" main character, Joe, is the sole survivor of a train wreck. He, unexplainably, gets off the train before his designated stop. Afterwards, the train derails killing all passengers. He is considered a suspect by the police and is also visited by a fellow passenger he befriended before the accident. "Nathan keeps returning to Joe, he left something undone he needs Joe's help with," Clark said.

According to the two senior theatre majors, the plays are meant to leave the audience with a sense of hope and lessons in forgiveness. "The scripts are very well-written," Wellman said. "One character compares forgiving to holding a kite in March. If you let go, it doesn't hurt anymore."

The directors recommend "Mystery Plays" audience members be at least 16 years of age.

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By Linda Relyea