“The White Helicopter” is based on true events leading up to the historical 2013 resignation of Benedict XVI.
Joseph Ratzinger was a revered theologian, a steadfast believer in the tenants of the Catholic Church, and a close friend and advisor to Pope John Paul II. After succeeding John Paul II, and serving as Pope for eight years, Ratzinger surprised the world by becoming the first Pope to voluntarily resign in over 600 years. In light of moral and ethical upheaval in the Catholic Church, and the unique challenges of the 21st century, Ratzinger's excuse of declining health raises more questions than it answers.
Director and Playwright - Alvis Hermanis
Stage and Costume Designer - Kristīne Jurjāne
Benedict XVI - Mikhail Baryshnikov
The Secretary of the Pope - Kaspars Znotiņš
Sister Tabiana - Guna Zariņa
In English (partly in Italian, Polish and Latin) with simultaneous translation in Latvian and Russian.
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