Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, July 29, 2010

When it comes to buying a ticket for the world famous Passion play, third times a charm! We lined up an hour before the ticket office opened where we were able to secure perhaps 10th place in line, which is pretty good considering tickets are sold the same day as the play. It was a little bit scary seeing all the tour buses pull up full of prebooked individuals. But eventually when we got to the window we were able to specifically ask for the 25 euro tickets which are on the side and they seemed happy to help us cheapskates out. The info lady several days ago said that you need to ask specifically for those tickets, because they wont give them to you otherwise.

While we were in line waiting we met a couple of New Yorkers, Bill and Lorraine, who were really fun to talk to. Back at home they had kids our age, so they were really easy to talk to. They had just uprooted from Boston to live in Naples, Italy. They even took us out for a beautiful Bavarian lunch while we waited for the show to start. We hope to look them up when we travel down to Italia later.

The play took 9 hours in total (3/3/3). It was so very spectacular from the get go. Literally hundreds of people would fill the stage at one time. The scenes were punctuated by an amazing 50 strong choir, which would sing around a static scene of old testament prophesies that pointed to Jesus.
If you could get past the fact that the whole play is in German, and that when they fought and argued it got pretty intense, the play is mystifying. The amateur acting was remarkable. Apparently there are 2 Jesus actors, and they are elected by the town-people. Blonde German Jesus is cool. We dig it.
The second half was really intense with the crucifixion, but we thought it was really tastefully done, and we didn't feel like there was too much Catholic propaganda (AKA. Mel Gibson…)
We loved the colour themed costumes and the fact that they used sheep, camels, donkeys, doves and horses which was really impressive.
We couldn’t take photos which was a shame, but we were really thrilled and touched to be able to see the Passionspiele. (A beautiful reward after all the drama leading up to it!)

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