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CCRI Players present contemporary
look at iconic biblical figures

Feb. 18, 2014

Defense attorney Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, played by Emily Mae Partington, and Judge Littlefield, played by Adam Florio, appear in a scene from “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” which will be performed at the Liston Campus Feb. 20 to 23. Defense attorney Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, played by Emily Mae Partington, and Judge Littlefield, played by Adam Florio, appear in a scene from “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” which will be performed at the Liston Campus Feb. 20 to 23. See more photos from the play.

The Community College of Rhode Island Players will present “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” a play by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 20 to 23, at the Liston Campus, 1 Hilton St., Providence.

Should Judas Iscariot, Jesus Christ's duplicitous disciple continue to languish in hell or can a case be made for his redemption? Guirgis makes a case in his play that this sinner should at least be given another hearing. Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.

To explore the redeemability of this infamous betrayer, Guirgis has envisioned a courtroom in a corner of purgatory called Hope. To represent the comatose Judas, he's created a sexy defense attorney named Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, who presents a petition signed by God to the ill-tempered Civil War-era presiding Judge Littlefield.

And so the legal maneuverings between the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth vs. Judas Iscariot begin. While Guirgis' dialogue is often poetic, it is couched in contemporary hip-hop street talk. For instance, Saint Monica, the self-described “heaven's nag” with a decidedly hip and down-to-earth vocabulary, testifies how she descended from her saintly perch to “check out” Judas for herself and, after convincing herself of his remorse, “went back home and got on the horn with God.”

Other colorful personalities parading in and out of court are Mary Magdalene, a not-so-saintly Mother Theresa, Sigmund Freud, St. Thomas and Pontius Pilate.

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is directed by Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement. Set design is by Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland, with costume design by Leslie Ford and Brandy Lee Silva, lighting design by Kaisey Caputo, sound design by Alex Gomes and technical direction by Justin Carroll.

The student cast includes Jeffrey Ararat, Nicholas Arawole, Cody Dyer, Nadja Montanez, Brayam Renovales and Kevin Rodriguez of Providence; Ashley Aldarondo  and David Monteiro of Pawtucket; Emily Mae Partington and Steven Zailskas of Cumberland; Clarence Bernard Donath of Richmond; Casey O'Connor of Hope; Adam Florio of Coventry; Audrey Lavin Crawley of Woonsocket; and Ryan Mundy of Seekonk, Mass. Billy Flynn of Cranston is the stage manager, assisted by Jean-Carlos Peralta of Pawtucket and Robert Parker of Seekonk.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12 for the general public and $10 for students and senior citizens. Telephone reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time or by sending an order by email.



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