"I know the theatre scene in this country, and I don't believe this is happening anywhere else."
Member, Society of Stage Directors
Associate Professor Emeritus,
University of California, San Diego
Princess Grace Theatre Fellow
Note: Webster's defines "mummery" as "a ridiculous, hypocritical or pretentious ceremony or performance."
Nowhere in the world will you find theatre that approaches an enactment of Adi Da Samraj's The Mummery Book. It is unique, overwhelming in its power, and, by design, far more than a theatrical performance.
At present it is performed in a single location — a state-of-the-art cockpit theatre set in the woods of northern California.
Described later in more detail, this unique theatre space goes several steps beyond theatre-in-the-round. The 2006-7 season performances were able to draw first-time attendees back for a second and third viewing only a few weeks later.
As the first book of The Orpheum, Adi Da Samraj's literary trilogy*, The Mummery Book is distinguished first of all by the sheer scale of its powerful story-line — the hero, Raymond Darling relinquishes awareness of his divine state to enter a "lower" world of mortality and limitation.
In his encounters with love, loss, and death, Raymond embodies an extraordinary depth of feeling, a heart-need for something greater than human love, and a steadfast refusal to be consoled by the religious, spiritual, and philosophic answers we commonly accept.
* The other books in Adi Da Samraj's trilogy are
The Scapegoat Book and The Happenine Book.
Next: Larger Than Life
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