Greensboro College Theatre presents “The Mystery Plays,” by Roberton Aguirre-Sacasa, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building. All tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free to Greensboro College faculty, staff and students with Pride Card.
“The Mystery Plays” is two interrelated one-acts, loosely based on the tradition of the medieval mystery plays. In the first play, “The Filmmaker’s Mystery,” Joe Manning, a director of horror films, survives a terrible train wreck—only to be haunted by the ghost of Nathan West, one of the passengers who didn’t survive. As the police investigate Joe, Joe investigates Nathan, desperate to understand why he survived and what Nathan’s specter could possibly want.
In the second play, “Ghost Children,” Joe’s attorney and friend, Abby Gilly, travels to a small town in rural Oregon to make peace with the man who brutally murdered her parents and younger sister 16 years earlier. The man—the murderer—is her older brother. Like the original medieval mystery plays, “The Mystery Plays” wrestles with the most profound of human ideas: the mysteries of death, the afterlife, religion, faith, and forgiveness—in a uniquely American way.