BEARDED, black local teacher, Keith Jefferson is to be God the Father in the York Mystery Plays in June.
Keith Jefferson, who is 33, is an impressive 6-foot schoolteacher and from San Francisco. He has appeared in several films in the United States, including "Roots".
Asked why he thinks he got the part, Mr. Jefferson said today: "I suppose I have a sonorous 'presence and I certainly fill the stage. I am very excited about the part in York to say the least."
Simon Ward, who played Winston Churchill in The Young Winston is to play Jesus Christ.
Simon Ward also played James Herriot, the Yorkshire vet, in "All Creatures Great and Small", Simon in the film version and Christopher in the TV series.
The Mystery Plays take place in the open-air setting of St Mary's Abbey in York, directed by Toby Robertson, from June 8 to July 1.
Fr Hugh Curristan, of the English Martyrs Church, York, who has had many parts in the plays in the past, is taking the part of one of the Doctors in the Temple.
The plays are once performed on Corpus Christi day, which is moveable and falls between the third week in May to the same in June. The word "mystery" comes from "mistery", a trade or craft. Each craft guild was responsible for the staging of its own play, closely supervised by the Mayor and Council.