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August 15, 2010 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Oberammergau, Germany — After 376 years, the Oberammergau Passion Play is still a work in progress. Performed every decade as a promise to God, it now confronts its own controversial history as much as it explores its reason for being. At an outdoor theater large enough to hold nearly the entire population of this small Bavarian village, a capacity audience of 4,700 watches Andreas Richter as Jesus angrily confront money-changers and merchants in the Temple of Solomon.
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August 15, 2010 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Oberammergau, Germany — After 376 years, the Oberammergau Passion Play is still a work in progress. Performed every decade as a promise to God, it now confronts its own controversial history as much as it explores its reason for being. At an outdoor theater large enough to hold nearly the entire population of this small Bavarian village, a capacity audience of 4,700 watches Andreas Richter as Jesus angrily confront money-changers and merchants in the Temple of Solomon.
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January 3, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
The year is a fresh slate before you, so it's time to start filling in those blanks. Here are five ideas for places to be or places to see that will turn your 2010 into a year to remember. And if you have something you think should be on readers' radars, write to us at travel@latimes.com. Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany It happens only once every 10 years and has been going on since 1634. The people of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, fearing that bubonic plague would sweep the village, promised they would reenact the Passion every decade if God spared them.
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January 3, 2010
The year is a fresh slate before you, so it's time to start filling in those blanks. Here are five ideas for places to be or places to see that will turn your 2010 into a year to remember. And if you have something you think should be on readers' radars, write to us at travel@latimes.com. Oberammergau Passion Play, Germany It happens only once every 10 years and has been going on since 1634. The people of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, fearing that bubonic plague would sweep the village, promised they would reenact the Passion every decade if God spared them.
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June 4, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Passion Scam: A hotel manager in Munich, West Germany has been arrested on charges of selling 20,000 fraudulent tickets for this year's production of the world-renowned Oberammergau passion play, raking in more than $1 million, authorities said. Police said most of the tickets were sold to two tour agencies, which in turn sold them to their clients. The manager was not identified. Residents of the picture-book Bavarian village re-enact the sufferings of Jesus Christ every 10 years.
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June 18, 1989 | ERIC FRIEDHEIM, Friedheim is editor/publisher of Travel Agent magazine .
Question: What are the dates for the 1990 Oberammergau Passion Play, how much are tickets and where do you get them? Answer: The play runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from May 21 to Sept. 28, 1990. Although the play is sold out, ticket packages costing from $180 to $275 U.S., including hotel accommodations for one to two nights, are available from travel agents. Q: My travel agent says some airlines won't allow me to transfer my frequent-flier points.
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February 17, 1990 | DAVID BRIGGS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jewish high priests will no longer have horns, Judas will be a confused rather than a coldly mercenary figure and the temple merchants will no longer be among Jesus' persecutors in the 1990 Oberammergau Passion Play. But the half-million people who descend on the small German town in the Bavarian Alps for the account of Jesus' final days will still hear the passage from Matthew that has plagued Jews for 19 centuries: "His blood be on us and our children."
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June 13, 1988 | MATT WOLF, Associated Press
A 13-year-old God, a Hindu Christ and up to 300 Yorkshire locals have joined thespian forces in the north of England this month as the York Mystery plays return to the stage, reviving a centuries-old theatrical form. "They so much belong to this city," Jude Kelly, artistic director of the York Festival, said of the Mystery plays, which form the centerpiece to the citywide festival running through July 10.
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August 18, 1990 | ADRIEN LOWERY, Lowery is a free-lance writer who lives in Buena Park
With a script containing nearly 100 changes recommended by Jewish and Catholic scholars and a cast including hundreds more women than ever before, this tiny Bavarian town is about to complete its 39th season of once-a-decade performances of the Oberammergau Passion Play. First performed in 1634, the play has faced a battery of critiques and often been revised in its 356-year history.
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September 29, 2006
It was interesting to read that the German production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" was closed "out of fear of inciting Islamic extremists" (Sept. 27). Most Muslim organizations were not aware of the opera; there wasn't even a single Muslim protest. What a contrast to the Jewish protest of the Oberammergau Passion Play, which was out-and-out antiSemitic and took hundreds of years to get toned down. I guess the moral of this story is that you have to become a terrorist to get results. Perhaps someone should teach the Jews to become terrorists.
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August 18, 1990 | ADRIEN LOWERY, Lowery is a free-lance writer who lives in Buena Park
With a script containing nearly 100 changes recommended by Jewish and Catholic scholars and a cast including hundreds more women than ever before, this tiny Bavarian town is about to complete its 39th season of once-a-decade performances of the Oberammergau Passion Play. First performed in 1634, the play has faced a battery of critiques and often been revised in its 356-year history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A Passion Scam: A hotel manager in Munich, West Germany has been arrested on charges of selling 20,000 fraudulent tickets for this year's production of the world-renowned Oberammergau passion play, raking in more than $1 million, authorities said. Police said most of the tickets were sold to two tour agencies, which in turn sold them to their clients. The manager was not identified. Residents of the picture-book Bavarian village re-enact the sufferings of Jesus Christ every 10 years.
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February 17, 1990 | DAVID BRIGGS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jewish high priests will no longer have horns, Judas will be a confused rather than a coldly mercenary figure and the temple merchants will no longer be among Jesus' persecutors in the 1990 Oberammergau Passion Play. But the half-million people who descend on the small German town in the Bavarian Alps for the account of Jesus' final days will still hear the passage from Matthew that has plagued Jews for 19 centuries: "His blood be on us and our children."
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June 18, 1989 | ERIC FRIEDHEIM, Friedheim is editor/publisher of Travel Agent magazine .
Question: What are the dates for the 1990 Oberammergau Passion Play, how much are tickets and where do you get them? Answer: The play runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from May 21 to Sept. 28, 1990. Although the play is sold out, ticket packages costing from $180 to $275 U.S., including hotel accommodations for one to two nights, are available from travel agents. Q: My travel agent says some airlines won't allow me to transfer my frequent-flier points.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1988 | MATT WOLF, Associated Press
A 13-year-old God, a Hindu Christ and up to 300 Yorkshire locals have joined thespian forces in the north of England this month as the York Mystery plays return to the stage, reviving a centuries-old theatrical form. "They so much belong to this city," Jude Kelly, artistic director of the York Festival, said of the Mystery plays, which form the centerpiece to the citywide festival running through July 10.
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April 29, 1990 | ERIC FRIEDHEIM
Question: It was stormy and rough during the entire voyage on a recent cruise. Nearly everyone was seasick. Legally, are we entitled to at least a partial refund? Answer: Rough weather is a natural hazard for which ship lines are not liable unless it can be proven that the officers and crew were guilty of faulty seamanship. On occasion, some lines have offered discounts to passengers booking a future voyage. Q: I'm sending my son, a minor, on a trip.
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