The Last Days of Judas Iscariot By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Tatiana Pandiani
Atlantic Stage 2, NYC. October 2016
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is 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? What we know: 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.
Production: Atlantic Acting School, Alison Beaty, Sam Vawter (set design), Oona Curley (lighting design), Dina El Aziz (costume design), Ien de Nido (sound design), Alison Karman (assistant director).
Cast: Kieron Anthony, Monica Arsenault, Zach Brown, Aina Cuesta Viñas, Liv Dunkley, Dariane Durham, Odette Galbally, Derrick Gallegos, Paloma Herrera, Anthony Holiday, Andie Lemus, Mel Maldonado,
Alice Marcondes, Jane Messina, Kara Grace Miller, Devon Padley, Adam Roebling, Molly Smith, Hannah Taylor & Troy Tripicchio
Photography: Joanne Bouknight