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Hendrix Players to Present ‘Passion Play Part I’ November 7-10

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The Hendrix Players’ production of Passion Play Part I features Sam Gibson ’22 as John the Fisherman; Peyton Barrow ’22 as Mary 1; Ebony Ivory ’19 as Mary 2; and Michael Crippen ’20 as Pontius the Fish Gutter.

CONWAY, Ark. (October 31, 2018) – The Hendrix Players present Passion Play Part I by Sarah Ruhl, Wednesday through Saturday, November 7-10, 2018, in Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix campus. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. Performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

Ruhl’s three-part script dramatizes players rehearsing their annual staging of the Passion in three different communities: in 1575 Northern England, after Queen Elizabeth outlaws the depiction of religious drama; in 1934 Oberammergau, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and in Spearfish, South Dakota, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Each period finds the players grappling with the intersection of ego, spirituality, and art during times of great political change.

Passion Play Part I, presented in November, is the first of three related productions this academic year. Part II will be presented in February 2019, and an open reading of Part III will occur later in the Spring semester.

Visit or email to make online reservations. To reserve tickets by phone, call the Cabe Theatre Box Office on weekday afternoons: 501-450-1343.

A new member of the Hendrix College faculty, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Tony Horne, will direct the production, with scenery and lighting design by Professor of Theatre Arts Danny Grace, costumes by Holly Payne, and technical direction and sound by Brandon Smith. The cast and crew for Passion Play Part I features the following Hendrix students:

Peyton Barrow ’22 as Mary 1/plays the Virgin Mary and Eve

Ebony Ivory ’19 as Mary 2/plays Mary Magdalene

Marlee Hoggard ’21 as Village Idiot

Michael Crippen ’20 as Pontius/plays Pontius Pilate and Satan

Sam Gibson ’22 as John the Fisherman/plays Jesus and Adam

Avery Kennedy ’21 as Visiting Friar

Caroline Cangas ’22 as Carpenter 1 (Sam)/plays the Angel Gabriel

Alex Walter ’22 as Carpenter 2 (Simon)/plays Joseph

Ragan Price ’21 as Director

Josh McNair ’22 as The Machinist/plays an emperor

Jackson Sims ’21 as Queen Elizabeth

Madd Shaddox ’20, Rachel Stewart ’22, Jonah White ’20, and Jessica Lehman ’22 as Ensemble

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit