The McNeese State University Theatre Bayou Players will open with Stephen Aldy Guirgis' play "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-29, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 30 in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.
Exploring unconditional love and the conflict between divine mercy and human free will, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible's most notorious sinner.
Set in a time-bending, seriocomically imagined world between Heaven and Hell, the play uses flashbacks to an imagined childhood and lawyers who call for the testimonies of such witnesses as Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud and Satan.
The New York Times calls Guirgis "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. Guirgis brings to the play a stirring sense of Christian existential pain, which wonders at the paradoxes of faith."
This production includes coarse language and adult themes and is not recommended for persons under the age of 17.
Cast members and their parts include: Bianca Anderson, Crowley, Gloria; Bianca Augustine, Leonville, Loretta/Sister Glenna; Brian Austin, Easley, S.C., Pontius Pilate/St. Matthew/Uncle Pino; Frank Cooper, Jennings, Satan; Claude DarDar, Singer, Saint Thomas/Soldier 1/Bartender; Kevin Delaney, Grand Lake, Bailiff/Simon the Zealot; Ronald Doyle, Singer, Jesus/Soldier 3; Elise Hamilton, Lake Charles, Fabiana Aziza Cunningham; Sierra Jones, New Orleans, Saint Monica/Mother Theresa; Patrick Kelly, Lake Charles, Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas the Elder; Charles McNeely, Lake Charles, Butch Honeywell; Jonathon Richards, DeRidder, Judas Iscariot; Cameron Scallan, Shreveport, Saint Peter/Sigmund Freud/Soldier 2/Matthias; Megan Voorhies, Pineville, Henrietta Iscariot/Mary Magdalene; and Levi Arens, Lake Charles, Yusef El Fayoumy.
Production staff includes: Joy Pace, director, set designer and costume designer; Hayley Smith, Kinder, stage manager; Elyssa Constance, Sulphur, assistant stage manager; Norman McKnight, Lake Charles, lighting designer; and Sierra Jones, costume designer.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth, and free for McNeese students with a current ID. For tickets, call 337-475-5040. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at email@example.com.