Testament of Mary, controversial play about Jesus's mother, comes to South Africa

Testament of Mary, controversial play about Jesus’s mother, comes to South Africa

The Jo’burg Theatre, located in Braamfontein in the heart of the city of Johannesburg, will be the stage of Testament of Mary, a play about the life of Mary mother of Jesus.

The show will kick off on 25 September, ends on 6 October 2013 and feature for twelve performances only, the organisers, Yellow Bunny Productions, said yesterday.

The Broadway production of this year – Testament of Mary – is a masterpiece of Colm Tóibín, the Irish three times nominated for the prestigious Booker Prize.

Testament of Mary, perhaps the most controversial show ever to be staged on South African soil, is set to generate a heated debate, especially among the Christian conservative society.

The play is about the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in her old age.

Contrary to the gospels, she does not believe that her son was the son of God, and refuses to co-operate with the writers of the gospels, who regularly visit her and provide her with food and give her shelter.

The show was performed on Broadway in 2013, and was nominated for a Tony Award for best play. It starred legendary stage actress and Tony Award nominee, Fiona Shaw, and was directed by Deborah Warner.

In Johannesburg, the role of Mary will be played by 2013 Naledi Award winning actress Patricia Boyer, Yellow Bunny Productions, which secured the rights to host the show in South Africa, said.

It will be directed here by Lynne Maree (who also directed Kiss of the Spider Woman).
Yellow Bunny Productions is also responsible for the critical successes of The Mountaintop and Kiss of the Spider Woman (nominated for two Naledi awards).

Yellow Bunny Productions is currently staging the runaway success, The Mountaintop, at The Market Theatre.

Testament of Mary will feature innovative and cutting-edge production and lighting design by Wilhelm Disbergen. His work has been seen all over South Africa, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and he has received Naledi Award nominations for set design and lighting.

The running time of the play is 90 minutes, with no interval.

Bookings can be made through www.joburgtheatre.com


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