3 Christs OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 7, 2014
    Closing:
    September 28, 2014

    Theater: Judson Memorial Church / 55 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012

    Synopsis: 

    A new site-specific play by SM Dale and Barry Rowell based on The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a psychological study by Milton Rokeach. The true story of a doctor who forced three men to confront the ultimate contradiction conceivable: that they claimed the same identity.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF 3 Christs

    Most People Think They’re Special, but These Think They’re Divine ‘3 Christs,’ About Milton Rokeach’s Psychological Study

    Alexis Soloski

    September 9, 2014: Peter, Paul and John look down from the stained-glass windows onto 3 Christs, a play staged in the sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church. And boy, have these saints got some preaching to do. Peculiar Works, a company that stages site-specific productions throughout Greenwich Village, based this piece on an infamous case study in social psychology. In a state hospital in Ypsilanti, Mich., in 1959, Dr. Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics, each claiming to be Jesus Christ. Rokeach (Christopher Hurt) hoped that mutual confrontation might lessen their obsessions. Certainly it would provide useful data about psychotic habits of mind and the limits of identity. “My main purpose is scientific,” he insists in the play’s opening scene. A nurse (Catherine Porter) asks, “An experiment?” He replies, “An investigation.” Don’t be too sure. The script, adapted by S. M. Dale and Barry Rowell from Rokeach’s published study, condenses this two-year trial into 100 minutes. Though Rokeach is intent on aiding the men, he sometimes seems more interested in what information a new factor (a placebo, a spot of transvestitism) will yield. Nothing improves the men’s condition.

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