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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a 2005 play by American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis first staged off-Broadway at The Public Theatermarker on 2 March 2005 directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Plot summary

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of Judas. While in purgatory, he litigates with his lawyers for entry into heaven. The play uses flashbacks to an imagined childhood, and lawyers who call for the testimonies of such witnesses as Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Sigmund Freud and Satan.

Productions

Off-Broadway

The original production was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the cast included Eric Bogosian (Satan), Líza Colón-Zayas (Gloria/Mother Teresa/Ensemble), Jeffrey De Munn (Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas the Elder/St. Matthew), Yetta Gottesman {Loretta/Mary Magdalene/Ensemble, Craig "Mums" Grant (Matthias of Galilee/Delayne/St. Peter/Soldier 2/Ensemble), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Pontius Pilate/Uncle Pino), Salvatore Inzerillo (Bailiff/Simon the Zealot/Ensemble), Adrian Martinez (Boaz the Assyrian Thief/Sigmund Freud/St. Thomas/Soldier 1), John Ortiz (Jesus of Nazareth), Sam Rockwell (Judas Iscariot), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Saint Monica/Soldier 3/Ensemble), Deborah Rush(Henrietta Iscariot/Sister Glenna/Ensemble), Kohl Sudduth (Butch Honeywell, Ensemble) Callie Thorne (Fabiana Aziza Cunningham) and Yul Vázquez (Yusef El-Fayoumy). It was designed by Andromache Chalfant, and ran for 2 hours, 40 minutes, with one intermission.

West End

The original West Endmarker/European Premiere was at the Almeida Theatremarker, and was directed by Rupert Goold, and it ran from the 28th of March to the 10th May 2008. The cast included (in order of appearance) Amanda Boxer (Henrietta Iscariot), Doña Croll (Gloria/Mother Teresa), Corey Johnson (Judge/Saint Peter), John Macmillan (Bailiff/Simon the Zealot), Susan Lynch (Fabiana Aziza Cunningham), Mark Lockyer (Yusef El-Fayoumy), Jessika Williams (St Monica), Poppy Miller (Loretta/Sister Glenna/Mary Magdalene), Ron Cephas Jones (Uncle Pino/Pontius Pilate), Shane Attwooll (Butch Honeywell), Joseph Mawle (Judas Iscariot), Josh Cohen (Matthias of Galilee/Freud/St Thomas), Gawn Grainger (St Matthew/Caiaphas the Elder), Douglas Henshall (Satan) and Edward Hogg (Jesus of Nazareth). It was designed by Anthony Ward.

Reception

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was received fairly positively. Curtain Up gave it a positive review, specially mentioning Eric Bogosian's portrayal of Satan. NY Mag however said that for $50 a ticket, "LAB might eventually want to put forth a finished product."

The original West End production was met with almost unanimously positive reviews, The Hollywood Reporter calling it "funny, profound and wildly entertaining", praising "sensational performances", and Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph starting his review with "it's hard to know where to begin with this astonishing play that knocked me for six at the Almeida", and finishing with "Guirgis and Goold have a sensational hit on their hands." Times Online however gave it 3 stars out of 5, saying "too much New York, maybe. One doesn’t want an earnestly pious, reverential play. But do we want one which tries to make big, big issues palatable by coating them not with sugar but, at times, with bubblegum?"

References

  1. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at CurtainUp
  2. Original West End Program (physical source)
  3. Curtain Up Review
  4. NY Mag Review
  5. The Hollywood Reporter West End Review
  6. Charles Spencer Telegraph Review
  7. Times Online Review


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