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Sometime in the 13th century, an anonymous author wrote a short play detailing the events of the Harrowing of Hell, when, after dying, Jesus went to Hell to rescue all the prophets imprisoned there. This play, one of the first ever written in English, was so popular it survives in multiple sources, but has never been performed in the United States. Newly translated into modern English, you may see this play in April at the American Theatre of Actors. In it, Jesus vanquishes Satan, and then goes on to release Adam, Eve, and others from their hellish imprisonment.

Also on the program is another medieval play, The Fall of the Angels, dating from the 14th century, which shows how Satan came to be cast into Hell in the first place, along with a performance of The Soliloquy of Satan, by the 20th century American poet Elliott Blaine Henderson.

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