Title

(Hu)Mankind

Authors

Class of 2022

Lillian Cadet
Bridget Shea
Joseph Maguschak
Olivia Plaushin
Phoebe Doscher
Garrett Adams

Class of 2023

Finn O'Connor
George Raymond

Class of 2024

Stefany Kaminski
Noelle Muni

Document Type

Video

Date of Creation

Spring 2022

Department 1

English

Abstract

Medieval Drama: the summer-stock theater of late Medieval Europe! Once considered merely the poor (and distant!) relation of Shakespearean Theater, Medieval drama has now emerged as a vibrant field of study in its own right. In ENG 312 we explore conflicting theories concerning the origin and development of Medieval drama, examine its social roles, discuss issues of text and performance, and compare the relative merits of “good literature” and “good drama.” This course always culminates with a public performance of an original adaptation of a Medieval Play, translated and staged by the students themselves. This year’s production was an adaptation of Mankind (ca. 1470), a Morality Play. While Everyman is certainly the best-known example of the genre, a number of other, much funnier Morality Plays leavened the harsh, moralistic tone of Judgment with aspects of the so-called “Comedy of Evil.” Mankind, also perhaps the first example of professional theater in England, is a sidesplitting, zany play about death and dying with just such a twist: It’s both profound and playful, and it gives new meaning to the phrase, “died laughing.” What a hoot! Since we learn by doing in this class, our final project was a public production of our own creative and original version of the play entitled (Hu)Mankind 2020, performed at 4:00 PM on Friday, 29 April 2022 on the stage in the Kline Theatre at Gettysburg College. This year’s whacky, off-the-wall theme was memento mori!

The recording of this production is split into three videos. The first, roughly 21-minute video begins with the pre-show introduction to the play and ends with Mankind’s threat to beat with her shovel the demons New Style, Nowadays, and Nothing. The second video begins with Mankind’s enactment of her threat to beat with her shovel the demons New Style, Nowadays, and Nothing, and ends with the collection of tithes from the audience for the summoning of the Devil Titivillus. $59.25 and 5.00 Euros raised during this gag were donated to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. The third, concluding video begins with the summoning of the Devil Titivillus and ends with the cast’s curtain call and presentation of gifts of appreciation to Joey Maguschak, beloved class peer learning associate.

Streaming Media

Comments

Created for English 312: Medieval Drama, taught by Christopher R. Fee

This play was translated and staged entirely by Gettysburg College students. Their work may be used with due acknowledgement.

HuMankind 2022 Gettysburg College Medieval Drama A: https://youtu.be/Fcqn60hhckE

HuMankind 2022 Gettysburg College Medieval Drama B: https://youtu.be/Bizuvn1qWv8

HuMankind 2022 Gettysburg College Medieval Drama C: https://youtu.be/8zeSnJrmD50

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