Waldorf School Traditions: The Oberufer Plays
Every year The City School performs one of the Oberufer plays, a collection of three plays that depict the events leading up to the The birth of Jesus. These plays were written in the 16th or early 17th century by a group of German farmers who migrated to the little island of Oberufer on the Dabube. The Farmers brought with them a cycle of religious plays which had been handed down through the generations orally.
These plays have been preserved for centuries by both text and acting in their unaltered form. They have become a traditional part of the Waldorf winter curriculum due to the fact that they were discovered by Dr. Schroer, a friend and teacher of Rudolf Steiner who founded Waldorf Education.
While residing in Pressburg in the 1850’s, Schroer saw the plays several times, transcribing the dialogue from the farmers who were still performing them every year. The Oberufer plays are now performed each year in many languages in Waldorf schools all over the world.
The Shepards’ play is the second in the series and will be performed by City School Parents and Teachers: