Fayetteville State University Theatre presented The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis September 27-30, 2012, in Butler Theater on the FSU campus. Set in a corner of Purgatory called “Hope,” The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of the hypothetical trial of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus Christ. Performed Off-Broadway (2005) and in the West End (2008), the play explores the motivation behind Judas’ actions leading up to his betrayal of Christ by way of a classic courtroom drama and a series of flashbacks. Witnesses at the trial include Pontius Pilate, Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud, Satan, and a handful of disciples, from Saint Peter to Saint Thomas. Over the course of the play, each witness makes his or her case about Judas’ guilt and innocence.
The production is directed by FSU Assistant Professor of Theatre, Jeremy Fiebig, and designed by Assistant Professor of Theatre, David Griffie. “The play updates a lot of longstanding religious debate and presents many of the characters, from Saint Matthew to Pontius Pilate, in a new, fresh way,” says Fiebig, “Our Purgatory and this courtroom in Hope match the urban spirit of the writing.” The production features a makeshift courtroom in the middle of a gothic church-turned-nightclub that feeds into the controversy at the heart of the play: a mix of faith, defiance, blasphemy, and belief.