Based on the Wakefield Cycle of 32 Mystery Plays, "Pasyon" retells the passion of Christ from His baptism in the river Jordan to His resurrection.
Mystery plays presenting Biblical stories were first performed in Europe over 700 years ago, usually in mid-June on the Feast of Corpus Christi. The name "mystery" play comes from an old French word (mystere) which referred to the Guilds, or the union of craftsmen, workers and laborers that financed and mounted these plays. The plays were collectively called a Mystery Cycle because they were performed in a sequence beginning with God's creation of the world and ending with Judgment Day.
Directed by Tony Mabesa from the Filipino translation by Jon Lazam, "Pasyon ni Kristo" stars Romnick Sarmenta as Jesus Christ and Stella Canete as Mary.
The play runs July 18-29 and August 8-12 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman. Call 4337840, 9818500 local 2449, 0919-2160440 or 0916-6758311 for tickets.