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The Testament of Mary

Closed May 5, 2013

A visceral one-woman dramatization of Colm Toibin's recently released, controversial short novel.

AM New York

Why See The Testament of Mary?

Mary, the mother of Jesus, tells her version of her son's perplexing life. This one-woman show stars Fiona Shaw and has been nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Play.

The drama takes place decades after the Crucifixion, when Mary is living in solitude in the city of Ephesus, guarded by followers of her son seeking to record her account of the events surrounding his death.

In Toibin's portrayal of this iconic figure, she emerges not as the serene image familiar from religious art, but as a complex flesh-and-blood woman torn by grief, self-doubt, skepticism and her refusal to endorse the official version of the story.

In addition to her extensive stage work, Shaw's many film credits include her role as the cruel Aunt Petunia in the Harry Potter series. She was also a memorable antagonist in season four of HBO's True Blood.

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Previews from: 26 March 2013

Opening night: 8 April 2013


Mature content - may be unsuitable for ages 18 and below

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Mary - Fiona Shaw


Deborah Warner (Direction)
Tom Pye (Set Design)
Jennifer Tipton (Lighting Design)
Written by: Colm Toibin

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Anon: “So sad this play is closing early”

Been looking forward to _Testament of Mary_ since it opened, but now... more

Arthur Hill: “Intriguing and complex...”

I was in NYC on a business trip and was naive about the play. I was drawn... more

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