THE MYSTERIES

The Flea Theater

Directed & Conceived by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Dramaturgy by Jill Rafson

MUSIC DIRECTION BY DAVID DABBON

A modern reinvention of the York Mystery Plays, covering the entire history of man's salvation in 50 episodes from the fall of Lucifer through and including Judgment Day, as written by 48 playwrights.

Written by Marc Acito, Johnna Adams, Liz Duffy Adams, Mallery Avidon, Trista Baldwin, Bill Cain, CollaborationTown, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Erin Courtney, Eisa Davis, Gabriel Jason Dean, Chris Dimond, Yussef El Guindi, Amy Freed, Madeleine George, Kate Gersten, Sean Graney, Sevan K. Greene, Kirsten Greenidge, Lillian Groag, Jordan Harrison, Ann Marie Healy, Lucas Hnath, David Henry Hwang, Nick Jones, Meghan Kennedy, Kimber Lee, Kenneth Lin, Craig Lucas, Laura Marks, Ellen McLaughlin, Michael Mitnick, Kate Moira Ryan, Don Nguyen, Qui Nguyen, Dael Orlandersmith, A. Rey Pamatmat, Billy Porter, Max Posner, José Rivera, Najla Said, Jenny Schwartz, Jordan Seavey, Matthew Stephen Smith, Lloyd Suh, Jeff Whitty, Jason Williamson, Bess Wohl

WORLD PREMIERE

NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS' PICK

Drama Desk Special Award Winner

"The Mysteries might be the most interesting thing to come out of the Bible in centuries."

Vanity Fair

"With the largest ensemble the Flea has ever featured, plenty of dance and the occasional fight scene, the show literally shakes the building."

- The New York Times

"...this tour de force production [keeps] an audience immersed in the storytelling throughout the long day’s journey into night... Many a Broadway production would do well to heed this lesson."

- Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway

PART ONE: THE FALL

From the fall of Lucifer through the slaughter of the innocents.

"This grass roots, communal vibe is particularly appropriate for this show's subject matter; the bonds of religious and ethnic tradition in the Old Testament and the spirit of love in the New Testament are made more resonant through the social, ensemble presentation of The Mysteries."

- Theater is Easy

“A theatrical journey that begins in wonder and ends in wisdom.”

CurtainUp

PART TWO: THE SACRIFICE

From Jesus in the temple through Gethsemane.

Breathtaking in its scope…a radical reclamation that can be appreciated by believers and nonbelievers alike.”

TheaterMania

"This is one of those rare and much-coveted experiences where the cast rivals the audience in size, so the Bible quite literally envelops you within the confines of this intimate space."

- TheaterMania

PART THREE: THE KINGDOM. 

From the crucifixion through the last judgment. 

"The evening's most ecstatic moment comes between the scenes when all of the actors join in a gorgeous, floor-shaking rendition of the Killers' 'All These Things That I've Done.' It is a very joyful noise."

- The New York Times

"There are too many brilliant moments to mention them all. Iskandar has woven so much visual and aural stimuli into the story that you will never get bored."

- TheaterMania


"I wanted to write something where [I] got to express just how much beauty there is in the world, despite all the darkness."

- José Rivera

"Ms. Allemano [The Angel Gabriel] spoke as rapturously as her colleagues about the production — “I’m probably ruined now for every play to come.”

- The New York Times