Authentic mystics are few and far between. Authentic mystics who wind up being celebrated composers — odds getting kind of Euclidan here! Theatrical presentations of the lives of such personages — what’ the full value of Pi?
But indeed, “In The Green” is a production at Lincoln Center in NYC looking at the life of Hildegard von Bingen. The New York Times review begins:
“Don’t look for God within the cloisters of “In the Green,” Grace McLean’s oddball musical portrait of the sainted medieval nun, theologist and composer Hildegard von Bingen. Though Hildegard (1098-1179) was celebrated for having a direct line to the almighty, via holy visions, the Judeo-Christian deity is invoked but briefly in this LCT3 production, and then only as an interjection (as in “oh, God, I’m suffocating”).
“As for Jesus, he’s not even name-checked, except in Latin at the very beginning. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be surprising, however anachronistic, to hear the psychoanalytic theorist Carl Jung mentioned with holy reverence.”
Read the entire interview.
Sadly this production ended it’s run in early August. SORRY!