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.

Poculi Ludique Societas performs Mankind in Durham, UK, 2016. Picture courtesy of Poculi Ludique Societas

Links:

  • Watch the 2016 PLS production of The Pride of Life in two parts (Part One and Part Two).

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