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While some view Easter as an opportunity to gorge on Peeps and Cadbury Creme Eggs, may we suggest something slightly more culturally, spiritually, and intellectually rigorous this season? Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl’s epic three-act Passion Play is a worthy alternative to mindless gluttony and egg hunts. Centered around three separate time periods—Queen Elizabeth I’s England, Hitler’s Germany, and Reagan’s America—each act features an ensemble of actors performing the story of Jesus’ death during these tumultuous eras and the heady debates over art, religion, and politics that subsequently arise in their communities. While this isn’t short-attention-span theater (the last time the play was staged in D.C., at Arena Stage in 2005, performances ran nearly four hours), the actors on the roster—including Frank Britton, Ben Cunis, and Laura C. Harris—make it a must-see for local theater lovers. Expect something grand from director Michael Dove, whose productions of Angels in America and Scorched thrilled viewers and turned Forum into a company to watch. The play runs March 19 to April 11 at Forum Theatre at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $15–$30. (301) 588-8279. forum-theatre.com.