The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

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Dramatists Play Service, Jan 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 79 pages
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From one of our most admired playwrights, "an ambitious, complicated and often laugh-out-loud religious debate" (Toby Zinman, The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Set in a time-bending, seriocomically imagined world between Heaven and Hell, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human free will that takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible's most notorious sinner. This latest work from the author of Our Lady of 121st Street "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. [Guirgis brings to the play] a stirring sense of Christian existential pain, which wonders at the paradoxes of faith" (Ben Brantley, "The New York Times").

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

This play is hard to figure out. Set up as a trial in Purgatory to try to get Judas out of hell, the author manages to wield with some skill the chief arguments of the educated atheist, while making ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristenfalsocapaldi - Goodreads

One of my creative writing students passed this play on to me, and I devoured it in a day and a half. I love Guirgis's off-beat, colorful writing style. Some of the dialogue had me laughing out loud ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Stephen Adley Guirgis is an actor and playwright. A member of the LABrynth Theater Company and the MCC Playwrights Coalition, Guirgis is the recipient of new play commissions from South Coast Repertory and The Manhattan Theatre Club. He lives in New York City.

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