Working Together on Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas
Revised translation (CW 14)
Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas are powerful portrayals of the complex laws of reincarnation and karma. They transport us into a landscape of the human soul and spirit, where suprasensory beings are active.
Through the perception of these hidden worlds, we are given the opportunity to understand the struggles we face in attempting to apply spiritual knowledge to our everyday lives and relationships.
Written between 1910 and 1913 during periods of intense inner and outer work, these dramas are powerful testimonies to Steiner’s artistic creativity. By manifesting soul and spirit forms on a stage, they foreshadow a dramatic art for the future.
Hans and Ruth Pusch devoted their lives to directing performances of Steiner’s mystery dramas in America. They also took up the difficult task of translating his four plays into English. This book will prove excellent reading for those wanting to perform the plays or deepen their appreciation for the plays’ spiritual content.
The Portal of Initiation: A Rosicrucian Mystery
The Soul’s Probation: A Life Tableau in Dramatic Scenes As Sequel to the Portal of Initiation
The Guardian of the Threshold: Soul Events in Dramatic Scenes
The Souls’ Awakening: Soul and Spirit Events in Dramatic Scenes
This volume is a translation from German of Vier Mysteriendramen (GA 14).
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
Hans Pusch, a skilled actor and director and a leading member of the Goetheanum stage group, later becoming an early beacon of Anthroposophy in North America. Hans began acting at the age of sixteen in Lucerne, Switzerland, where he performed in amateur productions of German classics with other young people during World War I. His performances caught the attention of the great film director Murnau, who offered to take Hans to Hollywood and train him for an acting career. Later, in Santa Barbara, Hans opened a speech studio, where he conducted courses in speech, eurythmy, gymnastics, play-reading groups, and introductory courses on Rudolf Steiner and his writings. Hans developed a repertory theater that performed Shakespeare, Thornton Wilder, Anouilh, Fry, and Eugene O’Neill. For the rest of his life, Hans Pusch worked tirelessly in the New York City area to translate, perform, and promote Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas, as well as Goethe’s Faust, as expressions of the essence of Anthroposophy.