Reed Campbell Stars in Judas Redux's THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Beg. Tonight
The Judas Redux team (led by Executive Producers Julia Albain and Corey Lubowich of Team StarKid fame) presents a new production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, and directed by Julia Albain. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will be presented at Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont in Chicago, for 18 performances, today, August 23 - September 8, 2013. The Press Opening is scheduled for Sunday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $23, are on sale at the Stage 773 box office (1225 West Belmont, Chicago), by calling 773.327.5252, or online at www.stage773.com. A limited number of preferred seating tickets, priced at $48, include priority access before the house opens, reserved seating in the front row and a souvenir program.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of a court case over the ultimate fate of Judas Iscariot. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, the play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner. 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.
"This is a show I have been talking about doing for almost five years, and the timing just felt right," said Director and Executive Producer Julia Albain. "Many of us were ready to return to the roots of our training and see how we have changed as artists. I wanted to give some of these incredible actors a chance to showcase themselves in a different light."
The cast of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot includes Nico Ager (Sigmund Freud/Saint Matthew/Soldier 1), Shashona Brooks (Mary Magdalene/Loretta), ReEd Campbell (Judas Iscariot), Britney Coleman (Gloria/Soldier 2), Ali Gordon (Matthias of Galilee/Sister Glenna/Soldier 3), Lauren Lopez (Saint Monica/Mother Theresa), Jessica Maynard (Henrietty Iscariot), Alex Odell (Fabiana Aziza Cunningham), Joey Richter (Satan/Saint Thomas), BrIan Rosenthal (Bailiff/Simon the Zealot), Dylan Saunders (Judge/Caiaphas the Elder), Daniel Strauss (Yusef El-Fayoumy), Joseph Walker (Saint Peter/Pontius Pilate/Uncle Pino), and Liam White (Butch Honeywell). The role of Jesus of Nazareth is TBA. Throughout the run there will also be surprise guest stars from both stage and screen.
The creative team will include frequent StarKid collaborators Director and Executive Producer Julia Albain (The SPACE Tour, Apocalyptour), and Scenic Designer and Executive Producer Corey Lubowich (Starship, Holy Musical B@man!, Airport for Birds), with Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, and BrIan Rosenthal, also acting as producers for the production. The team also includes Lighting Designer and Production Manager Sarah Petty (Starship, Holy Musical B@man!) and Costume Designer June Saito (Starship, Holy Musical B@man!, plus The Other Cinderella and From Doo Wop to Hip Hop at Black Ensemble). Grace Stratton is the Assistant Director. Other cast and creatives, including a composer of original music, to be announced.
Julia Albain first directed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot through the University of Michigan's Basement Arts in 2008. That production included StarKid fan favorites Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter, BrIan Rosenthal, and Darren Criss, who went on to star on the FOX hit "Glee" and the recent Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Judas Iscariot also marked one of the first (and last) times the group worked together before Team StarKid'sA Very Potter Musical took the internet by storm. The overwhelming fan response spawned StarKid Productions and the popular parody musicals A Very Potter Sequel, Starship, and Holy Musical B@man!, as well as two sold-out national tours (directed by Julia Albain), and an engagement at Second City (directed by Corey Lubowich).