Jesus is studying space travel and Judas delivers pizza – local news

Jesus has not shaved since Ash Wednesday 2021. Like his deputy, he comes from the Bavarian Alpine community in Oberammergau. Otherwise, it should not be Jesus.

After a forced hiatus of two years, the Oberammergau Passion Play begins on May 14 for the 42nd time. 2000 Performers bring the Passion of Jesus to the stage.

All must be indigenous to Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years. And they’ll play again in front of a total of half a million visitors – the world’s greatest story is finally presented in glamour, once again.

“It’s a fourth festival,” says director Christian Stockel (60). “In 1990 Jesus still had to make a loud noise, and in 2000 it was kind of quiet. In 2022, the story of the Passion will change even more into the story of Jesus’ life.


Game Director Christian Stückel (60)Foto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Game Director Christian Stückel (60) Photo: © Stefan M. Prager

It’s now closer to the fringes of society for me – among refugees, prostitutes, and the poor.”

Like each of the 20 main roles, there will be a turn for Jesus. The lottery decided that Frederick Mayet (42) would make the first offer of the Son of God. “I’m happy,” Mate tells Bams. “My fear of theater is growing every hour.”

The second Jesus, 26-year-old flight student Rochus Rockel, is still “relaxed”: the two main actors will perform 55 shows, whose beard and hair have grown since March of last year.


Representing Jesus: Student Rochus Rückel (26, left) and Frederik Mayet (42).  He was the lead actor in 2010 and will also wear the Crown of Thorns at the premiere.  cross it scFoto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Representing Jesus: Student Rochus Rückel (26, left) and Frederik Mayet (42). He was the lead actor in 2010 and will also wear the Crown of Thorns at the premiere. By the way, the cross they carry weighs about 100 kilogramsPhoto: © Stefan M. Prager

For the first time in the play’s 388-year history, its opponent was a Muslim: 22-year-old Genghis Gurur plays the traitorous Judas. Gurur: “Judas obviously has a negative touch, but now it just comes naturally to me. I think it’s great to get a leadership role.”


Representative of Judah and Muslim Genghis Gorur (22) “We are all equal, Muslims, Christians or Jews.  Foto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Representative of Judah and Muslim Genghis Gorur (22) “We are all equal, Muslims, Christians or Jews. After the passion play, he returned to drama schoolPhoto: © Stefan M. Prager

Judah left acting school and works as a pizza delivery boy. Working as a traitor brings good money: “400 euros per day”. Much more than the thirty silver coins mentioned in the Bible.


Barbara Schuster (35) plays sinner and seducer Maria Magdalena for the second time since 2010Foto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Barbara Schuster (35) plays sinner and seducer Maria Magdalena for the second time since 2010Photo: © Stefan M. Prager

Maria Magdalena is there for the second time. Business economist Barbara Schuster, 35, brought back the sinner and Jesus’ companion in 2010. “Obviously, I held up pretty well,” she says and laughs. What is the role? “I understood Jesus better.”

The youngest actress is only three months old: Valerie on stage with Mama Carla Schauer (25 years old) – among the people. The youngest lead actor is high school graduate David Bender (19 years old) as an angel.


Carla Schauer (25 years old) with the youngest actress - her daughter Valerie (3 months).  Mom says: Foto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Carla Schauer (25 years old) with the youngest actress – her daughter Valerie (3 months). My mom says, “Most of the time she sleeps on stage.”Photo: © Stefan M. Prager

He has family support: mother Anthony (47), grandmother Rosie (70) and brother Maxi (17) also play. “My grandmother is here for the fifth time,” he says. “You sometimes praise me, sometimes you criticize me. But I only listen to Stöckel’s instructions anyway.”


Three generations: David Bender (19, second from left) with brother Maxi (17), mother Anthony (47) and grandmother Rosie (70).  In the last scene, everyone is on stage togetherFoto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Three generations: David Bender (19, second from left) with brother Maxi (17), mother Anthony (47) and grandmother Rosie (70). In the last scene, everyone is on stage togetherPhoto: © Stefan M. Prager

Benjamin Meyer (43, since 1990) reveals the secret of crucifixion to Pams. He is a landscape builder, but he was also crucified as the murderer (“thieves”) Jesmas to the left of Jesus. Meyer: These are artificial nails that are held in metal in a cross.

The wrist is then placed in a bayonet-adjusted nail. I wear a climbing belt around my pelvis, secured with a pin in my lower back. “


Benjamin Meyer (43) crucified as Jesus' left.  Foto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Benjamin Meyer (43) crucified as Jesus’ left. “But it’s just fake nails,” says the wallpaper designerPhoto: © Stefan M. Prager

How’s the hairstylist doing when so many residents have to grow their hair out in order to perform? “Even long hair and beards should be taken care of,” stresses hairstylist Gabriele Daisenberger (64). We can’t complain about work.

And of course we’re happy for all the actors who want to get rid of their long beards and hair in October.”


Head hairstylist Gabriele Daisenberger (64) raises her hands fullFoto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Master hairstylist Gabriele Daisenberger (64) brings hairstyles into shapePhoto: © Stefan M. Prager


Jesus is studying space travel and Judas is delivering pizza
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Master sculptor Leonard Holdrich, 65, sells his sculptures of saints during the Passion: “I wish many Americans would come,” he says.

“Americans are spending money.” But Holdrich is skeptical. “It was said that a lot of Americans returned their cards because everything became more expensive.”


Master sculptor Leonard Holdrich (65) hopes to welcome many guests from AmericaFoto: © Stefan M. Prager

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Master sculptor Leonard Holdrich, 65, hopes to welcome many guests from AmericaPhoto: © Stefan M. Prager

According to Mayor Andreas Rudel (34, CSU), gaming is the number one economic driver for a community of 5,000 people. Until October 2, 2022, it’s all about Jesus and Judas – and precious money.

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