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Published on Mar 29, 2010
The Play of Daniel, or Ludus Danielis, was originally created in the late twelfth century by "the youth" of Beauvais, meaning the boys and young men who made up the cathedral choir. Probably performed for the Feast of Fools on January 1, it tells the story of Daniel, the mystery of the handwriting on the wall, the downfall of King Balthasar, and the terror of the lions' den. The text of this performance is based on an early thirteenth century manuscript from Beauvais, France (British Library, Egerton MS 2615).
Daniel Interpreting the Writing on the Wall Daniel is brought to the King, who promises him great wealth if he can translate the writing on the wall. Daniel contemplates the mysterious message, then answers slowly, explaining that by keeping the sacred vessels looted by his father, Balthasar will suffer the same fate that his father did. The writings, Daniel says, foretell the end of Balthasar's life and his kingdom. Despite learning of his own doom, Balthasar keeps his promise to reward Daniel, and cloaks him with royal vestments.
Filmed on December 19, 2008 in the Fuentidueña Chapel of The Cloisters, this production was commissioned by Concerts at The Cloisters to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Play's modern premiere by Noah Greenberg and the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, which took place at The Cloisters in 1958.
Production Drew Minter, Stage Director Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director Stephen Dobay, Sets Sascha Richter, Costumes Brian Barnett, Lights Joe Gladstone, Stage Manager Christopher Ford, Costume Assistant Rob Arena, Master Carpenter
Cast Daniel - James Ruff King Balthasar - Peter Walker King Darius - José Lemos Queen - Sarah Pillow Princes/Envious Counselors - Sorab Wadia, Scott Mello, Zachary Wilder Satraps- Elizabeth Baber, Amaranta Viera, Kris Gould, Sarah Gallogly, Amy Bartram Magi/Soldiers - Pedro dAquino, Seth Katz Angel with sword - Elizabeth Baber Abacuc - Peter Walker Abacucs Angel - Sarah Pillow Lions - Pedro dAquino, Seth Katz
Instrumentalists recorders - Rachel Begley recorders/shawm - Daphna Mor medieval lute - Daniel Swenberg medieval lute - Amy Bartram psaltery - Lucy Cross rebec - Dongmyung Ahn rebec/vielle - Mary Anne Ballard percussion - Rex Benincasa
Video Documentation Production Producer and Director - Christopher Noey Editor - Jessica Glass Camera - Wayne De La Roche, Jessica Glass Gaffer - Ned Hallick Sound Recording - Thomas Myers Audio Mix - David Raymond Production Assistants - Kate Farrell, Angela Kim