The phrase “morality play” often comes off as pejorative today; it’s a phrase that we use when we want to dismiss something as dull and didactic. But Dr. Matthew Sergi of the University of Toronto begs to differ. He’s been studying and, most importantly, staging these works, and he’s come to some unexpected conclusions about how these plays function and what performing them today can tell us about our own world.
- Connect with Matt and ask him about morality plays on Twitter at @tersergi. You can also reach a team of early drama scholars, including Matt, at @EarlyDramaNet on Twitter.
- Find out more about REED, the Records of Early English Drama, at their website, and follow them on Twitter.
- Learn more about Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS, or “The Cup and Game Society”), the Toronto-based theatre company that produces medieval and early modern drama, and follow them on Twitter.
- Read online editions of the morality plays Mankind and The Pride of Life via the University of Rochester’s Middle English Texts Series.
- Watch the PLS production of Mankind at the Festival of Early Drama in Toronto, 2015, and check out a teaser of their performance of the same play at the University of Leeds in 2016.