My connection to the theatre is spiritual, hence, invisible & mysterious. What bonds me to a play, is never intellectual, it’s a gut feeling and desperate need to do it. When I read Stephen Adly Guirgis introduction for “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”, I felt a deep communion with the author. I felt that I was not alone in the journey of self-discovery & finally I felt accompanied in the militancy of the great questions. The rest has been an act of service to the text. Irreverent. Provocative. Human.
A mother buries her child. An Angel helps us remember that we are not alone. A person decides to fight for
the Judas Iscariot’s case & an attorney who says to be a beacon for justice. A saint, that talks on the phone with God. God signs a writ. A judge who wants to be God & a defense lawyer who makes him feel human, 146 years after his death.
Heaven. The Earth. Hell. And where is Purgatory? The author wants us to spend two and a half hours in Hope. But Hope, at center of Purgatory, is no longer a waiting room, but a courtroom
where the case for Judas Iscariot unleashes a final battle for salvation.
A mother smacks a son for being a child. A child gives a toy to another child. A child that robs a blind mans his cane to buy another toy. Mother Teresa tells us that “Ione has to participate of his own salvation” & she also says, “That abortion is the cause of War”. A fisherman that fishes men & a taxman says that he is clean.
The Zealot tells us how life was under Roman rule & Jesus tells Judas “Do what you have to do”. Satan appears without horns and tail & the pariah says that he is fearful of going to Hell. Mary Magdalene has a heart broken & Freud affirms, “Any God who punishes the mentally ill is not worth worshipping”. Pilot lives in Heaven & is ready for love, while Satan doesn’t believe in Good or Bad. He believes in truth. Every character in this play represents the two sides of the same coin. There is no white. There is no black. Only grey. That grey proposes a game based on questions, challenging the audience, who in the end, has all the questions.