The lifesharing communities of Four Winds, Tobias and Plowshare Farm will perform the annual medieval pageant of The Shepherds’ Play on Monday, December 17th and Thursday, December 20th at 7pm at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough. This unique play with a diverse cast, including actors with and without developmental challenges, is sure to delight and warm hearts of all ages. The play is an abridged version of the Oberufer “Shepherds’ Play,” a medieval mystery play. It depicts the tale of simple shepherds coming together and leaving their flocks on a cold and dark night to follow a bright star, a star which leads them to a warm stable filled with wonder and faith. The audience is encouraged to participate in a sing-along which occurs between scenes and tells of the story to come. The play’s actors come from Four Winds Community (Temple), Tobias Community (Temple), and Plowshare Farm (Greenfield). All three are lifesharing communities where people with diverse capabilities – including people with and without developmental special needs – live and work side by side, joining together to build truly inclusive and sustainable communities. The community tradition of The Shepherds’ Play, now in its 16th year, began as an in-house production following the regular Monday evening church supper at the Union Congregational Church. The annual production has now grown to a community-wide event, free and open to the public, drawing a full house.