Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Estelle Parsons / Actors Studio
History's most famous double-cross is under the microscope in the provocative and irreverently funny The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Urban night court in "Hope -a ghetto of purgatory" is the backdrop, with Judas on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance.
A trove of historic witnesses including Freud, Mother Theresa, Satan and Pontius Pilate deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds we are forced along with them to examine our ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will and forgiveness coupled with the notion that evil may not be the presence of hate but the absence of compassion.
| Cast |
| Richarda Abrams | Bob Adrian | Victor Almanza | Erick Betancourt | Michael Billingsley | Suzanne DiDonna |
| Lash Dooley | Timothy Doyle | Gabe Fazio | Gabriel Furman | Leland Gantt | Daniel Grimaldi | Fig Chilcott | Con Horgan |
| Ryan F. Johnson | Jay Johnston | Burnadair Lipscomb-Hunt | Beth Manspeizer | Javier Molina | Myla Pitt |
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, is a member of the Actors Studio. He has had plays produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include OUR LADY OF 121st STREET which was one of ten chosen for BEST PLAYS of 2003, JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN, which won the Edinburgh Fringe First Award and received a Laurence Olivier nomination as London's best new play. All his plays were originally produced by LAByrinth Theater Company and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
ESTELLE PARSONS' directorial debut was a multicultural production of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by William Shakespeare at the Interart Theater in New York City. She was subsequently invited to create a multicultural Shakespeare company by Joe Papp to play for the New York City Schools and the multicultural families of the students. This was known as SHAKESPEARE ON BROADWAY and played for two years. Her next Broadway endeavor was SALOME: the READING by Oscar Wilde starring Al Pacino, Marisa Tomei, Dianne Wiest and David Straithairn. which was developed at the Actors Studio. She is best known as an actress and Academy Award winner for BONNIE AND CLYDE, and Mother Bev on the ROSEANNE TV series.
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