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WLU Opens Theater Season

West Liberty University opened its 2014-15 season with a play that re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner, Judas Iscariot.

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” opened Thursday, and continues at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and Nov. 20-22 in Kelly Theatre. There will be two matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.

Asking the questions: “What happens at the clash of God’s perfect love and God’s rightful justice? Mercy? Forgiveness? Or eternal damnation?” – playwright Stephen Adly-Guirgis wonders what Judas’ trial in purgatory would be like if told by a comedian in his dramatic comedy.

The play is directed by Jake Trifonoff, a senior communications major.

“This season started off rough with a last-minute change in the opening production, but it’s working out,” Trifonoff said.

“With the change in the season, we had to shift gears, making the process of developing this show improvisational, collaborative and exciting. Now as a student director, I could not be happier. Directing is a huge responsibility, and it is an honor that professor (Michael) Aulick trusted me enough to put the show in my hands. There are times when we do not see eye to eye on things yet he lets me make the final decision. This is validating for a young director.”

Aulick pointed out the “season began with some challenges as we worked to finish our remodel and were met with some unexpected changes. But we are proud of our students and the real creativity that’s shown in working together to make theater happen every season here on the hilltop.

“The West Liberty University Theatre Program is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for students in performance, believing that a well-rounded artist is more prepared to enter the world of professional theatre or graduate studies,” Aulick said.

The cast includes: Jed Shook, Alexandria Glotfelty, Brady Dunn, John Hennen, Maggie Dillon, Destiny Walsh, Jeremy Propst, Alex Franke, Michael Morris, Doug Gouldsberry, Chad Arthur, Geena Diomedi, Sara Reed, Zoe Poindexter and Brent Kimball.

“Judas is a fantastic role for an actor. I play Judas as a 6-year-old boy, a drunk 25-year old and a despondent, desperate sinner. The range is crazy and has challenged me to really stretch as a performer,” Shook said.

The voice coach for the production is adjunct faculty member Maggie Balsley, and set designer is assistant professor of theater Meta Lasch.

  • For tickets, visit wlu judas.brownpapertickets.com or call 304-336-8277.

Due to language and adult subject matter, this show is not suitable for all audiences.

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