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Mary of Magdala
A Gnostic Fable

by Armando Nascimento Rosa

ISBN: 978-1-882670-52-9
136 pp.

With an Introduction by Veronica Goodchild and Essays about Mary Magdalene by Susan Rowland, Nancy Qualls-Corbett, Bradley A. TePaske, Sally Porterfield, António Mercado, and Rosamonde Miller
Inspired by a Provençal legend, playwright Armando Nascimento Rosa also draws upon the apocryphal Gospel of Mary and the Nag Hammadi texts in creating what he calls a “Gnostic fable.” Mary of Magdala takes us to Marseille in 54 C.E., where Mary and her followers run a safe-house for Christians escaping religious persecution. Rosa’s re-creation of the Magdalene legend allows us to experience it in a way that captures both its earthy realism and its transcendent truth. Non-dualistic in spirit and message, it utilizes both comedy and tragedy, as well as modern and ancient theatrical devices, to engage both actor and audience in a transformative, even therapeutic, process. Originally written in Portuguese, this first-ever English translation by Alex Ladd is introduced by Veronica Goodchild and framed by six essays by Jungian analysts and scholars, a theater expert, and a spiritual teacher, as well as a reflection by Rosa himself. The play has been performed in several European countries, and premiered in North America in 2010 in the form of staged readings by the Archetypal Theatre Company, New Orleans, and the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, New York.
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Praise for Mary of Magdala
At the beginning of the 21st century, a new approach to Mary of Magdala emerges with insight and profundity in the theater of Armando Nascimento Rosa. Through his play, Magdalene is restored to her Gnostic splendor.
HELENA BARBAS, MAGDALENE: HISTORY AND MYTH
In orchestrating his drama’s legendary, ecclesiastical, sexual, and political leitmotifs, Rosa not only leads his audience through a broad spectrum of emotions, but compels them to contemplate extraordinary states of consciousness.
BRADLEY A. TEPASKE, AUTHOR OF SEXUALITY & THE RELIGIOUS IMAGINATION
Mary of Magdala reflects a post 9/11 world in which the enemy hides within society and evil shifts its ground. Rosa’s play converts us, the audience, into refugees, incorporating us into the drama as the dispossessed and homeless, and implicating us in both a moral position, as surrogate refugees, and a religious one, as Mary’s congregants. Stripping us of our worldly persona, the play forces us into an encounter with our self.
SUSAN ROWLAND, AUTHOR OF JUNG: A FEMINIST REVISION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction Veronica Goodchild
THE PLAY, BY ARMANDO NASCIMENTO ROSA
Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable Armando Nascimento Rosa
THE ESSAYS
Staging a Different Plot Bearing on the Origins of the Catholic Church Armando Nascimento Rosa
Resonant Details in Rosa's Mary of Magdala: A Gnostic Fable Bradley A. TePaske
Rosa's Mary of Magdala and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code: Re-visioning the Divine Feminine Nancy Qualls-Corbett
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find: The Dramatic Power of Mary Magdalene Sally Porterfield
Writing, Mary Magdalene, and the Fishing Net: Roberts' The Wild Girl and Rosa's Mary of Magdala Susan Rowland
Who is She? Mary Magdalene and Gnosis Rosamonde Miller
Rosa’s Gnostic Theatre in Context António Mercado
About the Author:
Armando Nascimento Rosa (1966-) is one of the most exciting new Portuguese playwrights to emerge in the 21st century. Author of seven books of plays and essays on drama, Rosa has a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature and teaches Playwriting and Theory of the Theatre at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (College of Dramatic Arts and Cinema) in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the second of his plays that Spring Journal Books has published. His earlier work is An Oedipus-The Untold Story: A Ghostly Mythodrama in One Act, with a Foreword by Susan Rowland and Essays by Christine Downing and Marvin Colson.
About the Contributors:
Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D., is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she teaches courses in Jungian Psychotherapy, Imaginal Psychotherapy, and Depth and Alchemical Perspectives in Research. Following a dream about the Black Madonna and other dreams about Mary Magdalene, she returned to France last year to further explore many of the Black Madonna and Mary Magdalene sites in Paris, the Ardeche, and Provence. Veronica has always loved the Grail legends and their relationship with Mary Magdalene. She is also indebted to her study of some of the 12th century Sufi Gnostics, especially Suhrawardi, from whom some say the Grail stories owe their origin. She includes this material so central to our time in her courses at Pacifica. Veronica is the author of Eros and Chaos: The Sacred Mysteries and Dark Shadows of Love (Nicolas-Hays, 2001, 2008), and two newly completed books, The Songlines of the Soul: Pathways to a New Vision for a New Century and The Songlines of the Soul: Mystical Cities and Healing Sanctuaries.
Susan Rowland, Ph.D., is Professor of English and Jungian Studies at the University of Greenwich, UK. She publishes on Jung, literature, and gender and also detective fiction. Her book on Jung's creativity in writing and theory is Jung as a Writer (Routledge, 2005). Other works include Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002). Recently published is an edited collection, Psyche and the Arts (Routledge, 2008). Her newest book C. G. Jung in the Humanities: Taking the Soul's Path will be published by Spring Journal Books in May 2010. She was Chair of the International Association for Jungian Studies 2003-2006.
Nancy Qualls-Corbett, Ph.D., diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, is a practicing analyst in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the author of The Sacred Prostitute: Eternal Aspects of the Feminine and Awakening Woman and she is a contributing author to The Secrets of Mary Magdalene. She is a senior training analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and a frequent lecturer throughout the US and Europe.
Bradley A. TePaske, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and archetypal psychologist trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, the author of Rape and Ritual: A Psychological Study and Sexuality and the Religious Imagination, and a scholar of Gnosticism and the Graeco-Roman mystery religions. He is in practice in Los Angeles and Pacific Palisades.
Sally Porterfield is the author of Jung's Advice to the Players: A Jungian Reading of Shakespeare's Problem Plays, published by Greenwood. She is also an editor of the book Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analysis of American Media, Literature and Popular Culture (SUNY, 2009) and a contributor to Post Jungian Criticism: Theory and Practice, also published by SUNY. As current president of the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, she is also an actor, a director, a theatre critic, and retired director of the A&S Drama Department at the University of Hartford.
Antonio Mercado is a theatre director and a professor of theatre and drama in Brazil and Portugal.
Rosamonde Miller is a mystic, spiritual teacher, and the founder of the Gnostic Sanctuary (Church of Gnosis) and the Mary Magdalene Shrine in the San Francisco Bay area. Of French origin, she grew up in several cultures. She is an ordained priest and a consecrated bishop in two Gnostic traditions. One of them, Le Saint Ordre de Marie-Madeleine or Mary Magdalene Order traces its origins to Mary Magdalene. Miller bases her work on the direct transforming union that arises in a quiet mind, in a dimension untouched by chronological time and left untamed and unconditioned, free of concepts and images. She has coined the term "wild gnosis" to describe her approach, and "urban mystic" to speak of the ability to fully live in the spirit while being at ease in the midst of city life and chaos.