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100th Anniversary Original American Passion Play

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - April 1 @ 3:00 pm

100th Anniversary Original American Passion Play

2023 will be our 100th & Final Year!

The American Passion Play takes you to Palestine, 30 A.D. You’ll travel with Christ, seeing the world as He saw it. You’ll follow His ministry and life from the Sermon on the Mount to the Resurrection and Ascension. You’ll hear His words, as vital to you now as they were to the people of his time.

The American Passion Play, unlike other passion plays, dramatizes Jesus’ entire ministry, rather than just the events from the Passion Week onward. His teachings on faith, love, justice and righteousness are still our best hope for solving today’s complex problems. The message of his three-year ministry has a larger meaning for our daily lives than do the emotions of Passion Week alone.

The play is historically accurate. The settings and costumes re-create the first century Galilee. The bulk of the text is taken from the King James Version of the Bible, and the performers bring this magnificent language to life.

The American Passion Play of Bloomington, Illinois was conceived by Delmar D. Darrah to show the life and ministry of Christ as a vital, living force. Although this is one of the oldest continuously performed Passion Plays in the United States, it is not a static drama. The production has changed to reflect modern historical knowledge of the era but has remained true to the teachings of Jesus.

The actors are non-professionals with a spiritual dedication to their parts and to the American Passion Play. As performers, they share in a community of faith with the audience and give testimony to the contemporary power of Christ’s teachings.

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Bloomington Scottish Rite Temple) is the home of the American Passion Play.

HIS LIFE changed our World. The experience could change YOURS.

Presented at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Faced with declining cast and crew, in combination with declining audiences and revenues, the 100th year of the American Passion Play will be our last. It has been our passion to present the story of our Lord and Savior for the last 99 years. We wish to thank all our past patrons and invite you to come celebrate our final season in 2023.

All Performances start at 1:00 P.M. Central Time.

Tickets go on sale starting November 1, 2022.

  • Saturday, March 11
  • Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday, March 25
  • Saturday, April 1

All Seats – $25.00

Please place your order by credit card by calling 309-829-3903 or 800-354-9640. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. Or if you prefer, you can mail a check after ordering by phone. Send checks to:

The American Passion Play, Inc.
P.O. Box 3354
Bloomington, IL 61702-3354


March 11 @ 1:00 pm
April 1 @ 3:00 pm
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Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
600 N. East Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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