Years after her son’s death, Mary, mother of Jesus, is visited by the Gospel writers seeking the truth. In an honest, insightful, and moving first-person narrative, Mary recounts her son’s final days. Based on the novella by author and playwright Colm Tóibín, this Tony-nominated play provides a stunning glimpse into the heart and mind of a grieving mother as she’s left with the question: was it worth it?
Part of the Next Rep Black Box Festival, alongside Via Dolorosa.
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“Beautiful and daring.”
The New York Times
A Message about The Testament of Mary
At New Repertory Theatre, we hold very strongly to our mission to present plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. We chose The Testament of Mary as a way to engage in conversation about those fundamental ideas as they relate to the story of Mary and her son Jesus during a season in which we explore themes of identity.
We in no way intended to offend, but rather our intent is to have a free and open dialogue about the wider issues explored in this work: love, grief, choice, sacrifice. We respect the opinion of those who wish to participate in this discussion and welcome all to engage with us in conversation about this play.
It is our hope that this exchange can reveal something vital and transcendent in this narrative, which is crucial to all works of art. We invite all to attend this production and join with us in conversation.
“The text, what I wrote…is very serious. It’s not as though we’re attempting to get involved with the mockery of icons. It’s almost that we’re recreating or exploring an icon, rather than reducing the iconic. So I would imagine people will respect that.”
– Colm Tóibín, playwright
“While people of Christian faith may, too, be left with many questions by [The Testament of Mary], arguably, that is what good art does. It invites us to ask the deeper questions without forcing us to wholeheartedly agree with its perspective or conclusions. The answers to the questions must be our own. We have our own testaments to tell.”
– Fr. Edward L. Beck, Roman Catholic Priest
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