The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis
10M, 5W (doubling)
This play was not exactly what I expected, from the one monologue that I had heard from it. In that regard, it was a disappointment, but in general, it wasn’t. It was a fun script, with a lot of poorly written jokes. Surely, they could be well executed, but I’d still prefer to see a well executed, well written joke, than a poorly written one. What Stephen Adly Guirgus does wonderfully is creating these iconic characters in a new way. Each character’s vocabulary is adorned with words like “niggah”, “fuck”, and “bro”. Through this vernacular, Stephen is able to preach hardcore at the audience, without pushing them away. Personally, all the biblical stuff people preach gets very tiring, and Stephen’s casual approach is refreshing. In the end, there is a message that, while not sublime, is still not in your face, and it is beautifully delivered. After Judas’ beautiful monologue, and the rest of the play’s hinting that the ending will be one thing, Stephen surprised me in a refreshing, tragic, beautiful ending. This play’s last five pages are perfect.
However, there’s nothing for scene study, from the court-like setup, there’s generally more than two characters.
"If a broken heart was sufficient reason to hang, then you should have told me that too!"
I have a copy of this that I could lend.