The Mystery Plays Review

Photo provided by Lee Ferris/Mount Saint Mary College

by Christina Cerutti

On November 8th, 9th, and 10th  in Aquinas Hall at Mount Saint Mary College, there wasn’t a seat left  for the production of The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Directed by Professor James Phillips, this Twilight Zone-like spectacle left the audience wanting more. The play consisted of two acts, the first “The Filmmaker’s Mystery,” and second, “Ghost Children.” The cast was made up of talented student and faculty actors, as well as a stage crew that transformed the set into a mysterious dark wonderland.

The two acts were supported by a connecting supernatural idea. Act One’s story-line was about Joe Manning, a horror filmmaker that was taken on a paranormal journey when he suspiciously stepped off of a train moments before it crashed and killed all passengers. Act Two was about Joe Manning’s best friend Abby Gilley, who was dealing with the haunting murder of her parents and 11-year-old sister, by the hand of her brother, Ben Gilley.

The Mystery Plays highlighted experiences with the afterlife, sin, salvation, and forgiveness. The dedicated and passionate cast performed their very best. Saturday night featured a talk-back session where questions and secrets about the play were answered for the audience. This session was mediated by Junior English Major, Alyssa Watkins.

It was a wonderfully suspenseful spectacle, and a great experience to watch unfold. This three-day event left the Mount community talking up a storm about their thoughts on the play. Without a doubt The Mystery Plays was a success, and the Mount is looking forward to future performances.