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03.10.2011 | | Posted at 05:39 PM

Thoughts on a production pic from Theatrical Tendencies’ CORPUS CHRISTI

By Russ Bickerstaff
I kind of knew going into this week that it was going to be kind of weird for me. I’d scheduled myself to see two different modern mutations of the basic story arc of the New Testament. Last night’s opening of UWM’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was kind of overwhelming. If you go see the show (and you probably should

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03.08.2011 | | Posted at 06:09 AM

Shadows and echoes as a cast prepares for UWM�s production of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Amanda J. Hull walks into the courtroom as Satan. It’s the beginning of rehearsal. Before a complete run through of the show, UWM’s Rebecca Holderness is working on giving further definition to one of the more creative interpretations she’s making from the script. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot�calls for Satan to be present at a court in Purgatory during an appeal tr...
03.06.2011 | | Posted at 08:32 AM

The Challenge of Costuming a Show In Purgatory

By Russ Bickerstaff
Louella Powell sits at a long table in the basement of UWM�s Theatre building working on a wig. The wig is just one small part of a project that includes costuming for Sigmund Freud, Mother Theresa, and a large man playing Saint Monica as a drag queen. The dress a student is working on not far from her looks deceptively simple. The costuming for the production in question is actually quite elabo...
03.07.2011 | | Posted at 08:32 AM

Sandy Strawn works with students to bring the tiny effects of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISARIOT to the stage.

By Russ Bickerstaff
� � When I walk into the prop shop at UWM, I ask to speak with Sandy Strawn. I am shown to a woman who is toiling away on a piece of slate. She�s working text onto the slate in an Asian language�I believe Chinese. She�s working on a writ from God. The original plan was to have the memo from god written on velum�something ethereal-looking that would look beautiful in the right light. The prop shop...
03.05.2011 | | Posted at 09:40 AM

An early look at UWM Theatre’s staging of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT

By Russ Bickerstaff
I’ve been given the opportunity for behind-the-scenes access for UWM’s latest upcoming main stage production. This is the first in a series of blogs . . .      Can You Forgive? New Yorker Rebecca Holderness has been working with UWM for a number of years now. It’s a bit odd, but every time I have an extended conversation with her, I have the desire to dispel notions that Milwaukee ...
03.04.2011 | | Posted at 03:51 PM

Two different plays open in March looking at Judas and Jesus from a modern perspective.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and Judas Iscariot carries a lot of weight with some people. The two guys, if they did, in fact, exist in a traditional historical way beyond biblical texts, might have been suprized to find out that people would still be putting weight and significance on their relationship 2 thousand years later. Jesus was a political troublemaker. The Romans wanted hi...