The Wakefield Cycle is one of four complete or nearly complete cycles of English mystery plays that still exist today. Mystery plays are short dramas that each tell one important Bible story or episode, and a full Cycle takes the audience from the Creation of the World through the birth and crucifixion of Christ to the Last Judgment. The mystery plays were vital to the Catholic Church for transmitting its values and beliefs to an audience that in most cases could not (and was not allowed to) read the Bible. They were wildly popular in period, when one to three days might be devoted to performing a Cycle.
In period, each play would be adopted by a guild, which would then stage the play on a mobile pageant wagon. The wagon would stop at several fixed points on what was essentially a parade route, performing the play at each stop. The Players intend to simulate the same experience, performing at various locations throughout the Pennsic site, including AEthelmearc Royal Encampment. Instead of using pageant wagons, the Players will be setting up temporary stages at each station and using small wagons to travel to each stop. Individuals and/or groups wishing to contribute may make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. - Pennsic please write "Known World Players" in the memo field of your check, so that the contribution is properly credited to the Players.
Mail your check to the office of the Pennsic Exchequer:
2514 Elaine Ct.
Kokmo, IN 46902
Contributions of $50 or more entitle you to have your arms or badge (or that of your group, household, etc.) displayed prominently on the stage of one of the productions. Please submit your contribution and forward a colored drawing of your heraldry to email@example.com prior to July 15 in order to have your heraldry displayed at a performance site.
Contributions of $250 or more entitle you or your group to be recognized as a "guild sponsor" of one of the productions.
For more information regarding sponsorship or to get involved in the productions, please contact THL Tyzes Sofia, founder and manager of the Known World Players, at firstname.lastname@example.org .