Author Marcus Bach once interviewed Josef Meier, the actor who for many years played the part of Jesus in a highly successful “Passion Play.” Mr. Meier (who had enacted the role more than four thousand times, winters in Lake Wales, Florida and summers in the Black Hills of South Dakota), told Mr. Bach a secret. Here is how the author describes the interview:
Mr. Meier said there was a period in the early history of the play when it seemed that the performances would never “catch on”. There was something about the production and the organization that just “didn’t click”. Often he would meet with the rest of the cast and they would discuss the advisability of giving up and disbanding. What miracle occurred to turn the project from failure to phenomenal success? Here is how Mr. Meier explained it:
“One evening when I was playing the part of the Christus, as I had done many times before, and a night when there…
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