THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, reexamining the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner.
Written by STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
Starring ROSA ARREDONDO *, RAJESH BOSE *, KAMEL BOUTROS , CHRISTOPHER DOMIG *, ETHAN HOVA *, KEVIN MAMBO *, GREGG MOZGALA *, ANTHONY RUIZ *, RACHEL TICOTIN *, JAMES YAEGASHI * ANNE RICHARDSON *
SEA DOG THEATER is pleased to announce the staged reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, directed by Kimille Howard . The reading with take place at the historic St. George's Episcopal Church (7 Rutherford Pl, NY, NY 10003 near Union Square) on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm. FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097 . In April Sea Dog Theater will be presenting Chris Cragin Day’s The Rare Biosphere , a timely, relevant, and powerful new play inspired by real-life deportation events, at Anderson Hall, 61 Gramercy Park North.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? The facts we know are these: Judas was the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities. He is seen as the man responsible for Jesus’s death; afterwards, Judas fell into despair and hung himself from an olive tree; since then, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. Is that really fair? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, a much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s ends, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
With over 25 characters, this beloved play is rarely staged. This one-night only event, exploring what happened to Judas Iscariot, will feel site specific by taking place in a historic church. The grittiness of the play and the characters, all very New York in their language and attitude, will shine with its star-studded diverse cast, who are all actively working in film, TV and theater.