The Handcart Ensemble's production of Kaj Munk's play was a New York premiere staged in Theater 315 on 47th Ave and ran from March 13 to April 3, 2004. Through its portrayal of a Danish farming family, Ordet deals in a penetrating and human way with the host of issues raised by religious belief in modern life, including the dangers of ideological rigidity and the life-giving power of childlike belief in the miraculous. I refigured the proscenium theater into a thrust stage to increase the intimacy of the piece. The simple set suggests the setting of 1930's Denmark and consists of a simple wall floating eight inches off the floor with a subtle image of Lazarus rising behind layers of white wash. The windows are reused architectural windows hung four inches in front of the back wall.