by James Barrows
This past weekend, Men of the Fiat, with the help of SOUL, hosted a “Binaural Passion Play”, the first of its kind at JPCatholic. Proposed by Men of the Fiat member Patrick Lynch, the household decided it was a perfect event for the lenten season.
Derek Knoeferl, member of the household, said, “The experience is about putting yourself into the moment of Christ’s Passion, beginning with his betrayal in the garden up to his death on the cross.” The audience is blindfolded before they enter, and the room in which the experience takes place is lighted in a very specific way. Derek said, “This makes the audience rely mostly on audio, putting them in the experience as we reenact the events of the Gospel.” Cassidy Van Vooren, who attended the event, added, “At first some people were scared because they were being blindfolded and taken into a room…I was excited to be blindfolded…I’m a big fan of radio theater and audio dramas so this reminded me of that.”