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"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

Fri, March 8th, 2019
7:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until Sun, March 10th, 2019

One event on Sat, March 9th, 2019 at 2:00pm

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The Williams Theatre Department is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Shadi Ghaheri and dramaturgy by Catherine Rodríguez. Despite Judas’s common perception as the “villain,” his motivation for betraying Jesus remains ambiguous. Who is worthy of forgiveness? Today, every single person is seeking justice, but no one’s definition of justice is quite the same. What place does forgiveness have in a landscape of justice that is so unstable? Why are some forgiven and others condemned? Guirgis’s play is a marvelous playground to tackle these questions and examine our ideas of love, justice, free will, and forgiveness.

Please join us after the Friday performance for a post-show reception with the artists!

Performances are on Thursday, March 7th  to Sunday, March 10th. Performances will be in the CenterStage at 7:30 PM and 2 PM on Saturday. The ’62 Center is located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $3.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is performed by

Toby Delgado ’21
Samori Etienne ’21
Maya Jasinska ’21
Peter Knowlton ’21
Allison Li ’22
Peter Matsumoto ’21
Maye McPhail ’22
Kester Messan-Hilla ’21
John Murphy ’21
Onyeka Obi ’21
Madison Onsager ’21
Maria Rodriguez Hertz ’21
Noah Savage ’21
Fiona Selmi ’21
Mira Sneirson ’22
Lois Umutesi ’22
Ben Weber ’21

 

Stephen Adly Guirgis, is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He is a member and a former co-artistic director of New York City’s LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced both Off-Broadway and on Broadway as well as in the UK. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was originally produced by LAByrinth Theater Company, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, Co-Artistic Directors and The Public Theater, Mara Manus, Executive Director; George C. Wolfe, Producer, February 2005. It was named one of the year’s “10 best” plays by Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

Shadi Ghaheri is a theatre director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran based in New York City. She graduated from Yale School of Drama with a MFA in Directing where she has directed Bahram Beyzai’s Death of Yazdgerd, and Titus Andronicus. At Yale Cabaret, she translated and directed Slow Sound of Snow by Jaber Rmezani. As Co-Artistic Director of the 2017 Yale Summer Cabaret, Shadi co-curated a four-play season entitled Canon Balle, directing Ellen McLaughlin’s Trojan Women, and LEAR by Young Jean Lee.

Shadi received  her BA from Shahid Beheshti University in Business Administration, where she ran its Theatre Club as the first female president. She originated an adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba in 2011 in Tehran that was banned due to censorship.  For several years, Shadi has been doing theatre workshops with children refugees under age of 18 from Afghanistan who are working under terrible conditions in Iran. Shadi is the directing fellow 2018-2019 at Rattlestick Playwright Theatre. Shadi is a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow . Shadighaheri.com

Catherine Rodríguez, A story shaper, performance maker, and culture shaker, Catherine María “Cat” Rodríguez serves collaboration, community, and lqqks wherever the art takes her and whatever stage it’s in. Cat’s craft entails bringing discernment to decision-making and Joy to the process. Experiences as both a performer and dramaturg guide her theater making and critical writing alike: she’s attentive to not only what’s being made, but also how as well as through whose bodies and eyes. Cat works from a structural analysis and draws on her skills as a trained facilitator to do so. Black / Latinx feminisms as well as collectivist organizing methods fundamentally inform her arts practice and pathways through the world. A bilingual artist, she has worked with The Public, O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, NYTW Next Door, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, El Círculo Teatral (México), Borderlands, and Steppenwolf, among others. She has organized alongside Unidad Latina en Acción (New Haven, CT), New Sanctuary Coalition (NYC), and Education-Based Latino Outreach (Baltimore). She currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and the Board of Directors for Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).  A freelance artist, Cat considers herself a nomad but always names New Orleans and Nicaragua home. www.catlikemeow.com Twitter: @latinadramaturg

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