The Second Shepherds' Play: Richly Comic Medieval Nativity Play at the Folger
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The last date listed for The Second Shepherds' Play was Thursday December 27, 2007 / 2:00pm.
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The play was lovely. The first half was a little slow but the second half was really good. The medival instruments were amazing as were the musicians. Unfortunately, our seats were less than. The Folger is a very small venue and many of the seats have obstructions. We had a great view of a post for most of the play and only with craning could we see around it to get a view of the small stage. Much of the action was blocked. For the second half, we were able to move to seats that were a little better, but it was discouraging to see the volunteer docents take good seats while we were stuck behind a column.
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When I read The Second Shepherd's Play in college English class it was difficult to comprehend and seemed rather silly. To my great surprise and delight, the Folger Consort production combined good music and acting to bring the play alive -- even...continued
Directed by Mary Hall Surface
A rich blend of music and theater, the earthly and the divine,_ The Second Shepherds’ Play_ is an engaging mystery play in the medieval English drama tradition. Join the shepherds as they watch their flocks on a dark and stormy Christmas Eve, telling the story from their candid and often funny perspective. This charming holiday tale captures both the rustic life of the peasantry and the marvel of the Nativity. Musicians and actors center the production in its origins with medieval dances and sacred tunes.
The program of seasonal selections will include English music from the 14th through 16th centuries.
There is no Rose of Such Virtue
Angelus ad virginem/Gabriel fram heven-king
Sweet was the song the Virgin sung
Dives and Lazarus