About PPLV

When Stan Burgett was 15 years old, he witnessed the passion play presented for the first time at his church in Iowa, and the seed for Passion Play Ministries International (PPMI) was planted. He became actively involved in reaching out to the community through that small production.

When Stan, Linda and their son, Tyler moved to Denver, their passion for telling the story of the gospel in drama came with them. Stan’s church family agreed to host an expanded version of the play that he had developed entitled, “He’s Alive.” The reenactment of events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus attracted cast members from 30 churches. In 1985, two thousand people came to see the first production which was held at the Jefferson County fairgrounds. The play has been performed in Denver every year since then in several different venues.

On the final night of performances in 1994, Garry Knight was turned away from a full house. Just before he turned to go, a seat was found for him in a remote corner. Garry strained to see the incredible events unfolding on the stage. Shortly after returning to his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, He called Stan to see if it would be possible to produce the play in his home town. With the assistance of cast and crew members from Denver, “He’s Alive” was presented in Las Vegas in 1995, and the play has been performed every year since then in several different venues, including casinos. The Las Vegas cast and crew members then shared in that same vision by showing that “what happens in Vegas…” doesn’t have to stay in Vegas, and started teaching and assisting other casts around the world to produce the play in their own cities and countries.

Multiple cities, hundreds of churches and thousands of people have since become involved both nationally and internationally reaching tens of thousands annually with the greatest news the world has ever known – “He’s Alive!”

For more information on current events and current rehersal and performance schedule, please visit our web site often or call 702-450-5511.

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