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Guild of Students, University of Birmingham
Guild of Students, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2TU Birmingham, United Kingdom
Thursday 5-10 pm, Basement
Saturday 12-4 pm, Pankhurst
Sunday 2-5pm, Green Room
Show Dates: Week 7 — Tech/Dress: 8th & 9th Performance: 10th & 11th June 2017
Come along down to the Guild and audition for Infinity Stage Company’s next show. We are looking for you. Yes you.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a darkly comic courtroom drama set in purgatory — a time-bending space between Heaven and Hell that feels a lot like New York — where figures from the distant past mingle with newly-deceased. The case being brought forward is God vs Judas Iscariot.
Does the ultimate betrayer, Judas Iscariot, the man perceived as one of the most evil figures in Christian ideology, who stabbed Jesus himself in the back deserve forgiveness? Did he simply make a mistake? Or did he genuinely repent?
A vivacious array of characters provide testimony, including Freud, Mother Theresa, and good old Satan. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial.
Nobody is getting away without cross examination!
You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Feel free to drop by on the day. Extracts will be available on the door. Alternatively if you would like to see the extracts before they are available here.
As most of the extracts are short and many of the cast will be multi-roling it is recommended that you perform more than one extract.
Some of the characters require accents. If you would like to perform with an accent that would be great but it is not a deal breaker.
Character information: docs.google.com/document/d/14X3ZqOIQyK4nF_zXJE7sM8mrdhxAXxsCreB7uCjW2Gk/edit?usp=sharing
Don’t just take it from us!
Variety “Stephen Adly Guirgis has written a real jaw-dropper...expressionistic fantasy… raw language and flamboyantly street-savvy characters...his imagination is dazzling and his command of language downright thrilling”
The Guardian “An extraordinary play...not since Angels in America have I seen a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit”
The New York Times “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot...shares many of the traits that have made Mr. Guirgis a playwright to reckon with in recent years: a fierce and questing mind that refuses to settle for glib answers, a gift for identifying with life's losers and an unforced eloquence that finds the poetry in lowdown street talk....Mr. Guirgis is a zealous and empathetic researcher, and he presents dilemmas of ancient Galilee in terms winningly accessible to the 21st century.”
FABRIANA AZIZA CUNNINGHAM — She is the driven defence lawyer that manages to drag Judas’s case to court. She has a fundamental sense of justice. Cunningham is accused of being many things by other people: an atheist in purgatory, cynical, a nag, powerless and spiteful, both repressed and wanton. She calls Satan himself to the witness stand and manages to land some hits.
HENRIETTA ISCARIOT (multi/role) — Mother of Judas. Sees the duality of Judas in a way only his mother could.
SAINT MONICA (multi/role) — Life and soul of the party. Incredible nag and reason we are here in the first place. In life she nagged so hard, she managed to get god's attention. Now she has his ear. Mary Magdalene is the only one Monica allows to hangs out with her.
MARY MAGDALENE (multi/role) — Friend and disciple of Jesus. Had a close understanding of both Jesus and Judas. An unmarried woman of ill repute. Gentle and collected. Friend of Saint Monica.
MOTHER TERESA (multi/role) — The not quite sanctified elderly figure herself.
GLORIA (multi/role) — One of the Jurors of the court. Used to live and work in purgatory, but worked her way up and is now an angel from heaven.
SATAN — Prince of Lies in a suit and tie. Just as comfortable winding a courtroom around their finger as in the back of a bar fight.
JUDGE LITTLEFIELD (possibly multi/role) — He met his end when he hanged himself as a deserter. He now presides over court in Purgatory. Explosive personality. Judge Littlefield has been in Purgatory a long time. His papers to get past Saint Peter are coming. They have been coming for a while.
JESUS — A spectral character — haunting. Jesus still loves Judas, and is waiting for Judas to see that. Inescapably a divine figure.
JUDAS ISCARIOT — Judas sits in a corner of Purgatory. Not moving, not speaking. Weeping. Until Jesus goes to speak with him. He also appears in flash-backs with Matthias, Satan and Pilate
BUTCH HONEYWELL — Deceased Canadian on the jury. He’s not entirely sure what has happened to him. So he’s just not bringing it up. He’s recently moved from hell to Purgatory. The final moment of the play his story of repentance, for what he did when he was alive.
YUSEF EL-FAYOUMY — The sleazy prosecutor for the case. Everything about them is an empty performance. Funny but bleak. Spends most of the piece flirting with anything with a pulse, and some without.
CAIAPHAS THE ELDER (multi/role) -The High Priest who allowed Jesus to be passed onto Pilate. His decisions are between himself and god. The rest of you are beneath him.
PONTIUS PILATE (multi/role) — Roman in charge of the city. The man who sentenced Jesus to crucifixion, and ignored Judas’s plea for repentance. Think — police brutality cop.
SIGMUND FREUD (multi/role) — A genius and knows it. Excruciatingly smug.
MATTHIAS OF GALILEE (multi/role) — Childhood acquaintance of Judas’s. A small child whose mother is gone and whose father is strict.
SAINT PETER (multi/role) — Our anti-roman professional fisherman turned disciple. He followed. He followed so far he never saw the sea again.
If you have any questions feel free to ask: Marina Johnson, Nicky Thiruganam, Lara Sprosen, Phoebe Mills or Jack Davies.
We look forward to seeing you all there!