Javier Molina, Gabriel Furman, and Michael Billingsley in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Estelle Parsons.
Javier Molina, Gabriel Furman, and Michael Billingsley in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Estelle Parsons.
(© Shashwat Gupta)

Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn) is directing a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' drama The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at La Mama's Ellen Stewart Theatre. Previews begin March 9 for a limited engagement through March 26. Opening night is set for March 13.

Michael Billingsley as Jesus and Joanna Rhinehart Henrietta Iscariot in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Michael Billingsley as Jesus and JoAnna Rhinehart as Henrietta Iscariot in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
(© Shashwat Gupta)

The play is described as follows: "History's most famous double-cross is under the microscope in the provocative and irreverently funny The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Urban night court in 'Hope — a ghetto of purgatory' is the backdrop, with Judas on trial for his betrayal of Christ, his soul left in the balance. A trove of historic witnesses including Freud, Mother Teresa, Satan, and Pontius Pilate deliver their testimony with raw honesty and scathing humor. As the play unfolds we are forced along with them to examine our ideals and ideas of love, divine mercy, free will and forgiveness coupled with the notion that evil may not be the presence of hate but the absence of compassion."

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot begins previews March 9 ahead of a March 13 opening.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot begins previews March 9 ahead of a March 13 opening.
(© Shashwat Gupta)

The production comes to La MaMa after being developed at the Actors Studio as part of the Theater and Social Justice program. The cast comprises Richarda Abrams, Bob Adrian, Victor Almanzar, Erick Betancourt, Michael Billingsley, Fig Chilcott, Suzanne DiDonna, Lash Dooley, Timothy Doyle, Gabe Fazio, Gabriel Furman, Leland Gantt, Daniel Grimaldi, Shashwat Gupta, Con Horgan, Liana Jackson, Jay Johnston, Burnadair Lipscomb-Hunt, Beth Manspeizer, Javier Molina, Marcus Naylor, Myla Pitt, JoAnna Rhinehart, Delissa Reynolds, and Count Stovall.

Parsons is an associate artistic director of the Actors Studio. She created the Theater and Social Justice program in 2016 with a five-part agenda to explore racism, poverty, illiteracy, religion, community, and the environment.

Gabe Fazio (foreground) in a scene with Jay Johnston (background).
Gabe Fazio (foreground) in a scene with Jay Johnston.
(© Shashwat Gupta)

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