The Erlau Playbook: Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter

Early European Drama Translation Series, Vol. 4

The Erlau Playbook: Five Medieval German Dramas for Christmas and Easter

Translated by Stephen K. Wright
2017 | 184 + xxxviii pp. | 978-0-86698-566-6 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 511 | $60 |

(EEDTS v.4) In these remarkable examples of medieval urban theater, the central events of Christian salvation history play out against the noisy, violent, venal, and often obscene backdrop of everyday life in a fifteenth-century marketplace. The plays demonstrate that the unlikely synthesis of devout piety, absurd humor, grotesque violence, scathing satire, profane sexuality, visual splendor, and musical sophistication — all of which are so characteristic of early German religious drama — is still capable of moving contemporary readers to laughter, empathy, and moral introspection.

Translated with an introduction and commentary by Stephen K. Wright