|Rarely produced, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:23 pm EST 03/05/19|
|SEA DOG THEATER
NYIT AWARD RECIPIENTS FOR BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST REVIVAL DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
"Funny, profound and wildly entertaining!" - The Hollywood Reporter
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,
CHRIS DOMIG*, ETHAN HOVA*, KEVIN MAMBO*, GREGG MOZGALA*,
ANTHONY RUIZ*, RACHEL TICOTIN*, JAMES YAEGASHI*
Directed by KIMILLE HOWARD
ONE NIGHT ONLY
FRIDAY MARCH 29 AT 7 P.M.
ST. GEORGE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
FREE WITH RESERVATION AT WWW.SEADOGTHEATER.ORG
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.
The production stars Rosa Arredondo* (Roswell: New Mexico), Rajesh Bose* (Pygmalion, Bedlam Theater Company), Kamel Boutros (Metropolitan Opera: Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterﬂy, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette), Chris Domig* (3x NYIT Nominated Lead Actor, New Film Eve (dir. Tate Taylor, starring Jessica Chastain)), Ethan Hova* ("The Nap" Broadway @MTC), Kevin Mambo* (Emmy Winner (Guiding Light); Bdwy: Fela!), Gregg Mozgala* (Teenage Dick The Public Theatre, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire New York Theatre Workshop, Cost Of Living MTC 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Anthony Ruiz* (New Amsterdam), Rachel Ticotin* (Grey’s Anatomy), and James Yaegashi* (Marvel's The Runaways).
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT plays one performance on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 pm
FREE, RSVP required at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097
Running Time: 3 hours including a 15 minute intermission
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (Playwright) is a Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright. Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier Nomination for London’s Best New Play), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 best Time Magazine & Entertainment Weekly), and The Little Flower of East Orange (with Ellen Burstyn & Michael Shannon). All five plays were directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and were originally produced by LAByrinth.
His most recent play, Between Riverside and Crazy, recently completed a sold-out run at Atlantic Theater Company, and will transfer to Second Stage Theatre in 2015. His 2011 play, The Motherf***er with the Hat (6 Tony nominations, including Best Play), was directed by Anna D. Shapiro and marked his third consecutive world premiere co-production with The Public Theater and LAByrinth.
In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts Theater in the West End. Other plays include Den of Thieves (Labyrinth, HERE, HAI, Black Dahlia) and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp) for the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon. He has received the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award, and a TCG fellowship. He is also a New Dramatists Alumnae and a member of MCC’s Playwright’s Coalition, The Ojai Playwrights Festival, New River Dramatists, and Labyrinth Theater Company.
As an actor, he has appeared in theater, film and television, including roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s film "Margaret," Todd Solondz’s "Palindromes," and Brett C. Leonard’s "Jailbait" opposite Michael Pitt.
A former violence prevention specialist and H.I.V. educator, he lives in New York City.
KAMEL BOUTROS (Music) is a trained musician and opera singer, he is the director of music at St. George's Church, he has performed at the Metropolitan Opera in the following operas: Carmen, Capriccio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Butterﬂy, La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette.
KIMILLE HOWARD (Director) is currently serving as Assistant Director of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations on Broadway. She is also a Resident Director at The Flea Theater. She recently directed Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morriseau (Theater Squared), The Girl With No Hands by Charly Evon Simpson (The Flea), It’s All About Lorrie (American Theatre of Actors) and a reading of Nathan Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table (JagFest). She assistant directed under Jessica Stone on Bad Dates by Teresa Rebek (Huntington) and Des McAnuff on Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep). She has assisted on multiple productions at McCarter Theatre, for Multistages Theatre Co. and The French Theatrical Foundation. Kimille is an admin/writer for artsincolor.com.
SEA DOG THEATER is an award-winning theater company that produces new and established work that addresses questions of alienation and reconciliation. We believe that great theater offers us opportunities in paying attention and cultivating compassion. With an emphasis on and a commitment to hospitality, our mission is to build a community of artists and theater-goers that join in the conversation of how reconciliation can take place in our daily lives. We are in residency with the Olmsted Salon, a program of Calvary St. George’s Episcopal Church. NYIT Awards 2018: Best Revival (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley). Past Shows: Not From Here (Ace Hotel Artists in Residence), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation by TS Eliot, Dirt by Robert Schneider (NY Fringe: Best Actor in a solo show, NYIT Nominee Best Actor in a Solo Show.
Who: Sea Dog Theater
What: THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
Where: St. George's Episcopal Church (7 Rutherford Pl, NY, NY 10003 near Union Square)
When: Friday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m.
How: FREE https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17097
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?
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