The King William Players will perform The Last Days of Judas Iscariot April 29 and 30. The play will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Read our interview with Kit Rees, one of the leaders of KWP, who talks about this year's performances.
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ dark comedy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, depicts broader Biblical themes of despair, faith, and redemption through the lens of a courtroom in Purgatory. Fabiana Cunningham, a young lawyer condemned to Purgatory, appeals Judas' sentence in an attempt to question the conditional nature of God's love. She is pitted against El-Fayoumy, Hell's sleazy prosecutor, who bombards the jury with witnesses across history such as Sigmund Freud, Thomas Acquinas, Mother Theresa. Each character complicates Cunningham's closed-minded morality, exposes El-Fayoumy's empty charisma, and compels the audience to consider their own conception of Judas Iscariot's narrative.
This production does include offensive language and frequent profanity.
King William Players, St. John's College's theater troupe, is one of the college’s most enduring clubs. Like all St. John’s clubs, KWP is student-run. This allows the club to take on a diverse range of theatrical genres which reflect the changing interests of the Polity. Recent productions have ranged from classical selections, such as The Eumenides, Macbeth, and Tartuffe, to more modern works, including Duck Variations, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Urinetown the Musical. In addition to performing, student thespians are also welcome to write and direct plays. For example, KWP students wrote, directed, and performed the play, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, as well as the one-act musical, Red. Through KWP, students with a variety of interests have the opportunity to foster and hone their talents.
Unless otherwise noted, all plays take place in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium and are free and open to the public. The King William Players, the St. John’s student theater troupe, presents two performances each semester.