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Monday, November 16, 2009.

"Judas" arrives in Antelope Valley

The conflict between divine love and the existence of free will is examined in Antelope Valley College’s Theatre Arts Department production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” opening in the AVC Black Box Theatre 8 p.m. Nov. 13. 

The play continues with performances on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 5 (except Thanksgiving weekend) and concludes with a show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.  

Tickets are $10 for students, senior citizens, and military personnel, and $15 general admission.  Tickets may be obtained by visiting www.blackboxjudas.com, or calling 661 722-6300, ext. 6728.  Tickets may also be purchased at the box office beginning 30 minutes before each performance. 

Set in a time-bending, seriocomically-imagined courtroom in Downtown Purgatory that owes as much to the ghetto as the Gospels, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” places the New Testament’s most infamous sinner on trial. The parade of characters includes Pontius Pilate, Sigmund Freud, Matthias of Galilee and Mother Theresa.

The play, which employs dialogue couched in contemporary hip-hop street talk, asks the question:  If God is all-forgiving then why is Judas condemned to an eternity in Hell for his betrayal of Jesus Christ and his subsequent suicide?

This soul-searching look at the consequences of choice, faith, guilt, mercy and redemption contains adult themes and language.

As part of an Antelope Valley food drive, $2 will be taken off the price of admission with the donation of a canned food item.  Donations will benefit Lancaster Homeless Shelter and Palmdale South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES).  Tickets purchased online will be refunded $2 at the door with the donation of a canned food item.