The Passion Play (1989)

The Passion Play (1989) HIDVL

This is a documentary of El Teatro Campesino's The Passion Play. Opening with a narration by Luis Valdez about the piece and a brief history of ETC, the documentary shows a fragment of the performance, which focuses on the Via Crucis (the Way of the Cross) as the condemned Messiah makes his way to his Crucifixion. The text is adapted from the New Testament, with a narrator serving to connect the traditional Stations of the Cross. Staged in the historic town plaza, fronting the old Mission of San Juan Bautista (founded in 1797), this open air spectacle allowed the audience to follow the various scenes both as observers and participants, as the action moved from place to place around the public square. Alternate performances were offered in English and in Spanish.


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  • Title: The Passion Play
  • Alternate Title: La passion play
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:39:11
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 24 Mar 1989
  • Location: Mission San Juan Bautista, California.
  • Type-Format: performance, film
  • Cast: Jorge Galvan, Lupe Valdez, Miguel Najera, Thom Pintello, Armando Quitana, Ric Salinas, Herbet Siguenza, Rogelio Rojas, Rosa Apodaca, Amy E. Mager, Andres Gutierrez, Janet Johns, Rosa M. Escalante, Josie Chavez, Cesar E. Flores, Anahuac Valdez, Corina Beltran, Hector Godoy, Richard Montoya, Kinan Valdez, Mino Valdez, Tony Boch, Fran Hernandez, Edgar Sanchez, Karla Arevalo, Beatrice Brown, Gaby Candelaria, Ixiim Flores, Tajin Flores, Margaret Galvan, Nanette Quientero, Vicky Trujillo, Kati Valdez, Ruby Vazquez, Sonora L.A. Vasquez, Victoria Villarreal, Luis Valdez, Robert Ojeda, Willie Loya, Daniel Valdez, David Silva, Luis Moreno, Clyde.
  • Credits: El Teatro Campesino, producer; Phillip Esparza, producer; Luis Valdez, director; Marilyn Abad, stage manager, video production; Joseph S. Cardinalli, video production; Fritz Bettjer, videographer, editor; David Silva, additional music; Jim Cave, technical director; Amy Gonzales, assistant director; Corina M. Rios, production assistant; K. Gartside, assistant stage manager; Josie Chavez, costumes; Hector Godoy, makeup; Joseph Cardinalli, Nicole Fruge, Lisa Larice, Henry Moreno, Robert Castro, Joaqun Vasquez, Petra Arevalo, production crew; Paul Abad, grip; Dino Arevalo, sound; Arturo Gomez, artwork.