One of Europe’s oldest productions, the Passion Play festival took place in June – August. It recreated events during the last seven days of the life of Christ. Meanwhile, it was first presented on the American stage in 1932. And it was American missionary and ethnologist Josef Meier (7 November 1874 – 28 November 1945) who brought it to the United States from Germany.
Although the story of Christ is eternal, the Black Hills Passion Play was not. Unfortunately, the Black Hills Passion Play had its final curtain call on August 31, 2008. Attendance had dropped throughout the later years. In all, more than 10 million people and four generations of families had attended the Black Hills Passion Play and made it a theatrical legend.