THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
May 22 - June 14, 2014
The return of the production the Washington Post called "preposterously entertaining" and "nearly flawless...an answered prayer"
In purgatory, Judas is on trial, yet so overwhelmed by guilt that he cannot speak in his own defense. So lawyers, witnesses, saints, and even the Devil try the case without him, debating punishment, redemption, and the nature of free will in this darkly comic play. This Helen Hayes-nominated production returns to Forum after 2 sold out runs to celebrate the company's 10th season!
Nora Achrati^, Frank Britton, Patrick Bussink^, Kecia Campbell, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh^, Julie Garner, Brian Hemmingsen, Annie Houston^, Jim Jorgensen*, Scott McCormick, Alina Collins Maldonado, Thony Mena, Frank Moorman, Eric Porter, and Jesse Terrill*^
^Current or former Forum Ensemble Member
*Member of Actor's Equity Association
Stephen Adly Guirgis was born and raised on New York City’s Upper West Side by an Egyptian father and Irish-American mother. “We didn’t have money to really go to Broadway,” he recalls, “but every couple years we would go see a play.” In college, Guirgis didn’t find his focus until his sister gave him tickets to a production of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, starring John Malkovich. “It changed my fucking life,” he explains. “The play just knocked me out. I went back and changed my major to theater.”
Mr. Guirgis initially embarked on an acting career, but found his calling in playwriting. His plays, as fiercely funny as they are tragic, are notable for their colorful characters and portraiture of New York City street life. As Hilton Als of The New Yorker describes them, Guirgis’ plays feature “black, Jewish, and Latino voices that meet and crash and land on the predatory streets that his characters sometimes stalk far into the night, in search of a little coke, perhaps, or some Chicken McNuggets.”
Mr. Guirgis’ plays has been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play nominations, 10 Best Plays of 2003), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier nomination for London’s Best New Play), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, Best Production and Best Writing), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 Best, Time Magazine and Entertainment Weekly) and The Little Flower of East Orange at The Public Theater. All five plays were originally directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman for LAByrinth Theatre Company (where Mr. Guirgis is currently a co-artistic director). The Motherfucker with the Hat opened on Broadway in 2011 in a co-production with The Public Theater; the production received six Tony nominations, including Best Play.
In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, Almeida Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and at The Arts in the West End. Mr. Guigis has received a 2006 PEN/Laura Pels Award, a 2006 Whiting Award and a 2004 TCG fellowship. His television writing credits include NYPD Blue, The Sopranos, Big Apple and UC: Undercover.