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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Starts Previews Feb. 8, Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman

LAByrinth Theater Company, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz, co-artistic directors; and The Public Theater, George C. Wolfe, producer; Mara Manus, executive director, announce the world premiere of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, a new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Previews begin in The Public Theater's Martinson Hall on Tuesday, February 8.

A co-production between LAByrinth and The Public, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is a time-bending serio-comic drama in an imagined world between Heaven and Hell that re-examines the plight and fate of The New Testament's most infamous and unexplained ultimate sinner. Throughout the play, figures ranging from "Pontius Pilate" to "Sigmund Freud" are called to testify in a trial of "God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot." Other characters include Judas' mother "Henrietta Iscariot," "Defense Attorney Dottie Cunningham," "Prosecuting Attorney Youseff El-Fayoumy," and Civil War veteran "Judge Littlefield."

One of the most distinctive acting ensembles in the country, LAByrinth Theater Company is in residence at The Public for a second season. Following GUINEA PIG SOLO (2004), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT marks the second collaboration between the two theaters to develop new work. For more information on LAByrinth Theater Company, visit www.labtheater.org.

Playing "Judas" is Sam Rockwell, who most recently starred in George Clooney's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. He was also seen co-starring in the Russo brothers' comedy WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD. Eric Bogosian will play "Satan." He is the author of five-full-length plays and six full-length solo works. His two best known plays, TALK RADIO and subUrbia, were each translated into acclaimed films.

The cast will also include Liza Colón-Zayas, Jeffrey DeMunn, Yetta Gottesman, muMs, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Deborah Rush, and Yul Vazquez.

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT has scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Mimi O'Donnell, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Darron West.

Liza Colón-Zayas appeared in OUR LADY OF 121st STREET and IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS. Film: UNFAITHFUL, APT. 5C, ONE YEAR DOWN, THE KEEPER… Jeffrey DeMunn (Judge Littlefield) received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in K2 and appeared in films such as THE GREEN MILE, THE MAJESTIC, and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION… Yetta Gottesman (Loretta) originated role of Celeste in WHERE'S MY MONEY? INTAR: UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE, GIANTS HAVE US IN THEIR BOOKS, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA… Elizabeth Rodriguez (Saint Monica) appeared in OUR LADY OF 121st STREET, ROBBERS (American Place Theater), and films such as DEAD PRESIDENTS, CITY HALL, and RETURN TO PARADISE… Deborah Rush (Henrietta Iscariot). On Broadway her credits include: THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG; NOISES OFF, HAY FEVER. Off-Broadway: LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART (MTC); THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (all at The Public)…Yul Vazquez (El-Fayoumy): THE STENDAHL SYNDROME (Primary Stages), WHEN IT'S COCKTAIL TIME IN CUBA (Cherry Lane), THE FLOATING ISLANDS (Mark Taper). He has appeared in BAD BOYS II, RUNNING TIME, TRAFFIC, DROWNING MONA and RUNAWAY BRIDE.

STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (Playwright) is a longtime member of NYC's LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include: OUR LADY OF 121st STREET (included in 10 best plays of 2003; Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Detroit Free Press Best Play of the Year, Barrymore Best Play Award, Laurence Olivier Nomination as London's Best New Play), and IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS (included in 10 Best of '99, Time Out New York, and Time Out London Critics Pick). All three plays were originally produced by LAByrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. They are published by Dramatists Play Service as well as by Faber and Faber in the anthology 'Three Plays By...' Stephen was awarded a 2004 TCG fellowship, attended the 2004 Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, and was named one of 2004's 25 New Faces of Independent Film by FILMAKER magazine.

Television writing credits include "NYPD Blue", "The Sopranos," David Milch's CBS drama "Big Apple," and Shane Salerno's NBC drama "UC: Undercover". As an actor, he most recently appeared in Brett C. Leonard's GUINEA PIG SOLO produced at The Public Theater last season, and has leading roles in two films to be released in 2005: Todd Solondz's PALINDROMES, and Brett C. Leonard's JAILBAIT opposite Michael Pitt.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Director) is a member and Co-Artistic Director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His LAB directing credits include: IN ARABIA WE'D ALL BE KINGS, JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN (Off-Broadway, the Edinburgh Festival, London's Donmar Warehouse, and the Arts Theatre in London's West End), and OUR LADY OF 121st STREET (Union Square Theater, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations), all by Stephen Adly Guirgis. In 2001, he directed Rebecca Gilman's THE GLORY OF LIVING at MCC Theater. As an actor, his stage credits include: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), THE SEAGULL (The Public Theater), TRUE WEST (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award), DEFYING GRAVITY (American Place Theater), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Dir. by Peter Sellars), SHOPPING AND FUCKING (New York Theater Workshop), and THE AUTHOR'S VOICE (Drama Dept., Drama Desk nominations). His film credits include: COLD MOUNTAIN, ALONG CAME POLLY, THE PARTY'S OVER, OWNING MAHOWNY, LOVE LIZA, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, 25TH HOUR, ALMOST FAMOUS, STATE AND MAIN, FLAWLESS, MAGNOLIA, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, BOOGIE NIGHTS, HAPPINESS, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, and SCENT OF A WOMAN, as well as the HBO feature EMPIRE FALLS which will air in 2005. He is currently starring in the Truman Capote project for United Artists which he is executive producing through his company, Cooper's Town Productions.

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 7:00pm.

Tickets for THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, which are $50, will be on sale beginning January 14th at The Public Theater box office, 425 Lafayette Street; on-line at www.publictheater.org; and via Tele-charge.com, 212-239-6200. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from
1:00pm to 7:30pm, and Sunday and Monday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Quik Tix, discounted rush tickets, are sold to the general public when available one half-hour before curtain time to any non sold-out performance. For group sales of 20 or more, please call 212-539-8621.

This production of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is made possible by a generous and deeply appreciated gift from Bloomberg.

Stephen Adly Guirgis and LAByrinth Theater Company are participants in the Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group.

LAByrinth Theater Company receives public support from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The New York State Council on the Arts, a state arts agency. LAByrinth is also generously supported by The Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in The New York Community Trust by the founders of The Reader's Digest Association; The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; The Dramatists Guild Fund; The New York Times Company Foundation; Dramatists Play Service; The Edith Meiser Foundation and HBO.

The New York Community Trust - LuEsther T. Mertz Advised Fund provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.  Additional generous support is provided by Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman, JPMorgan Chase, The Laura Pels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Mr. Kenneth B. Lerer and Ms. Katherine Sailer, Carole Shorenstein Hays, The George Delacorte Fund at The New York Community Trust - Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Newhouse, Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton, The Starr Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Haywood, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.  Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.  Continental Airlines is the official airline of The Public Theater.



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