Fools Mass

five presentations

Saturday, December 5th, 3pm
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

in the Saint James Chapel
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (@112th st)
New York City

Sunday, December 13th, 7:00pm
St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church

283 Prospect Avenue (bet. 5th & 6th aves)
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, December 17th, 7:30pm
Union Theological Seminary
in the Lampman Chapel
3041 Broadway (@121st st)
New York City

Friday, December 18th, 7:30pm
The Old Stone House

336 Third Street (bet. 4th & 5th aves)
Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, December 20th, 11am
The Cell Theatre Company
338 West 23rd Street (@8th Ave)
New York City

$15 suggested donation
doors open 15 minutes prior to start

call 718 638 6037 for more information
or e-mail us

Fools Mass
La MaMa ETC, April 2009
photo by Fred Hatt

"The performers wear the vestments, not of priests but of
medieval bedlam idiots who are called upon by circumstance
to celebrate a Mass even though they do not know how. Moving
easily between the sublime and the ridiculous, drawing its audience
through laughter toward participation and contemplation, the work
resists being categorized as either theater or religion, becoming
both at once in an event experienced by many as transformative.
As they stand beside these grotesque characters in prayer, worshipers
begin to participate in the liturgy with new understanding."
The Encyclopedia of Religion

"Dzieci is devoted to the idea that theater is essentially
a form of 'communion'. It uses theater work to seek
an ever-greater understanding of what it means
to share, to give of oneself in performance."
Tom F. Driver, The Paul Tillich Professor of Theology
and Culture Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary

"Dzieci is a wonderful example of the spiritual intensity possible
when theatre engages the age-old mysteries of faith and
the human experience.We at the Cathedral found
the very stones of our monumental building
coming alive through their presence."
Tom Miller, Canon of Arts & Liturgy
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine