Working of the Spirit Presents Powerful Pictures of the Soul Life of Contemporary Times in Readers Theater
This “new Mystery Drama” as it is being called is really a “must see” for anthroposophists everywhere! It is compelling and well written, with a cast of actors well suited for the reading of such complex and compelling characters and interconnections! The actors have been assembled from around the world.
Over Whitsun weekend, Camphill Copake hosted a festival of “new mystery dramas” in “readers theater” format. Michael Burton, established author and lifetime student of Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas, wrote the Working of the Spirit drama.
Working of the Spirit will be presented in Readers Theater in two separate performances in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. Tickets are available for purchase at www.workingofthespirit.com or at the door of the Chicago Branch 4249 North Lincoln Avenue. Requested donations start at $15.
Both Readers Theater performances of The Working of the Spirit will start at 10:30 a.m. As with Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas, the play is an all day event, with anticipated ending at 6 p.m.
The journey of the play is well worth the long ride, however, with rich language – very deep and beautiful – and the depicting of the lives and relationships of earthly humans as well as spiritual beings.
Twenty actors portray the many characters and do a clear and moving rendering, as they read from scripts, bringing the play to life. At Copake, the author, Michael Burton, portrayed the part of Trautmann and also read all stage directions to stimulate the imaginations of the audience. Michael’s speech and his clear voice made it easy to “see” the play.
This new drama, based on Rudolf Steiner’s four Mystery Dramas and featuring the characters from those four plays, continues their stories into the future.
Marke Levene’s immersion in the 1990s with Portal Productions on producing and touring Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas provided him a meditatively acquired outline of the fifth Mystery Drama Steiner had planned when the start of WWI blocked continuation. This play is an attempt to continue the story of these characters. Michael Burton used Marke’s outline as his starting point.
Glen Williamson is author of the other drama hosted by Camphill Copake, Future Dawning. Also a well-written and complex drama, this sequel to the four dramas of Steiner is set in the twenty first century. A separate review of this readers’ theater presentation will come soon.
By Patrick O’Neill