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Hendrix Players Present ‘Passion Play Part Two’ February 20-23

CONWAY, Ark. (February 11, 2019) – The Hendrix Players present Passion Play Part Two by Sarah Ruhl, Wednesday through Saturday, February 20-23, 2019, in Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix College 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.

Passion Play Part Two is the second of three related productions this academic year. Part One was presented in November, and an open reading of Part Three will be presented later in the Spring semester. It is not necessary to have attended a performance of Part One to appreciate Part Two or Part Three.

Each part of Ruhl’s script dramatizes players rehearsing their annual staging of the Passion in a different community. Part One was set in 1575 Northern England, after Queen Elizabeth outlawed the depiction of religious drama; Part Two takes place in 1934 Oberammergau, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and Part Three will take its audience to 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.

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

Passion Play Part Two is the final Hendrix Players production with scenery and lighting design by Professor of Theatre Arts Danny Grace ’77, who is retiring this semester after 34 years with the department. Professor of Theatre Arts Ann Muse ’83 directs the production; costume design is by Holly Payne, with technical direction and sound by Brandon Smith. The cast and crew for Passion Play Part Two features the following Hendrix students:

Danielle Carney ’21 as Violet

Avery Kennedy ’21 as Eric/plays Jesus

Sam Gibson ’22 as Foot Soldier/plays Pontius Pilate

Cole McVay ’21 as Simon Lily or The Visiting Englishman

Lauren Capes ’21 as Mary 2/plays Mary Magdalen

Madd Shaddox ’20 as Elsa/plays the Virgin Mary

Emily Gardner ’20 as Director or Rochus Shallhammer

Jillian Tofukuji ’19 as Hitler

Alex Walter ’22 as German Officer

Elliot Jackson ’22 as Carpenter 1 or Johann, Ensemble

Tristam Williams Thompson ’22 as Carpenter 2 or Ludwig, Ensemble

Raven Edens ’22 as Ensemble

Hunter Brockinton ’22 as Ensemble

Jack Frey ’21 as Ensemble, Assistant Stage Manager

Bailey Wooldridge ’21, Assistant Stage Manager

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

PHOTO: Danielle Carney ’21 as Violet, the village idiot, and Cole McVay ’21 as Simon Lily, the visiting Englishman. (photo by Madeleine Castator ’21/Hendrix College)