Exploring: N-Town, Plays 24 to 25 (Adultery, Lazarus)

Episode 178,   May 29, 2021, 01:15 PM

First exploratory read through of the N-Town plays 24 to 25

Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible.
The journey continues with plays twenty-four to twenty-five - looking at the episodes featuring the Woman taken in Adultery, and Lazarus.
The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Eric Karoulla as Accusator, Consolator 2 & 4, Peter; Liza Graham as Phariseus, Magdalyn, and all the Disciples; Rachael Nicole as Scriba, Jesus (play 25), Consolator 1, 3; David Wootton as Jesus (play 24), Lazarus; Mary Stone-Moursund as Mulier, Martha, Thomas.

The host was Robert Crighton who also read Juvenis, some Consolators and John.

There are various online and purchasable versions of these texts available - here's a good one, but is in the original middle English and might put you off - others should be hunted for to taste.
Play texts start here: https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/sugano-n-town-plays-play-24-woman-taken-in-adultery
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