Quest & International Chamber Artists to Present THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY This May
Quest Theatre Ensemble and the International Chamber Artists are proud to announce THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY, a pageant performed with Quest's signature visually arresting large-scale puppetry set to Dvorak's Serenade for Winds, Opus 44, performed by members of the ICA ensemble.
ICA is Chicago's premier chamber music organization and Quest Theatre Ensemble is Chicago's oldest free theater. Both organizations are Artists-in-Residence at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5535 North Paulina Street in Andersonville, where THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY will be performed on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. This production marks their first collaboration. Dvorak's soaring music will accompany the Quest Ensemble's retelling of the greatest story ever told - the story of the trial, suffering and death of Jesus Christ.Quest Theatre Ensemble Artistic Director Andrew Park, who will direct THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY, notes the history of theatrical performances in churches. "Some of the earliest and most highly produced theater took place in medieval churches. It's a true privilege to have the opportunity to resurrect this theatrical form, and carry on that ancient tradition in one of Chicago's most beautiful churches, St. Gregory the Great."
International Chamber Artists Artistic Director Patrick Godon says, "ICA is delighted to collaborate with Quest Theatre Ensemble in the unveiling of THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY. This stirring combination of classical art music and large scale puppetry inspires wonder and awe. Through Dvorak's Serenade for Winds, ICA performers offer a musical landscape rich in texture and elegance," Park agrees.
"I really like Patrick's music selection. Dvorak's Serenade for Winds has an old world feel. It makes me think of castles, kings and peasants. It's a perfect score for a Passion Play with large, processional puppets and spectacle. Quest's folk art, seems to be a natural fit with this piece of music," International Chamber Artists Artistic Director Patrick Andrews says.
"ICA and Quest are natural partners," Park continued. "I'm glad this collaboration is finally happening! Both organizations are committed to making the Arts accessible. Just as Quest offers free theater to Chicagoans, ICA offers a wide variety of free concerts allowing incredible access to live music."As always, all Quest performances are free, though for this special presentation a $20 donation is recommended. Reservations are not needed. There is a special VIP experience including premium reserved seats with reception offering a chance to mingle with the artists following each performance. Tickets for the VIP Experience are $25.00 in advance, and can be purchased at questensemble.org/current.php. Contact Quest Theatre Ensemble at 312-458-0895 or visit questensemble.org or icamusic.org to learn more.IF YOU GO:
THE PEOPLE'S PASSION PLAY
Directed by Andrew Park
Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m.
5535 N Paulina Street, Chicago IL
Admission free, reservations not necessary
VIP Tickets can be purchased at questensemble.org/current.php