“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” comes to the Vonnie Borden Theatre

The second play of the semester will be “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” directed by Jennifer Bouquet, an adjunct professor. This play is a modern take on a biblical story.

“Well, contrary to what the title may lead one to believe, this is not a religious play, but rather a very human play that gives us a different perspective on a very old story that nearly everyone knows,” said Bouquet. “We follow the story of Judas Iscariot as he is put on trial to either be saved from the ninth circle of Hell, or left to rot as Satan’s dog’s chew toy. We see many human characteristics including pride, sorrow, love and betrayal and how one has to participate in one’s own self-forgiveness. Even if it isn’t a play about religion, it is a play that I think could solidify one’s faith, whether that faith be in an omnipotent being or humanity as a whole. It does use very strong, vulgar and harsh language, but I believe if the audience can see past that, they will receive a really good message.”

The play will be held Apr. 4 to 7 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall. This play was written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and published in 2005. 

Bouquet feels that the contemporary details of the play will allow viewers to better understand the story.

“I think students would be the most interested in this play because it is easy to understand and uses modern language,” said Bouquet. “So, it’s not like you have to translate as in Shakespeare. It also will challenge them to open their minds a little to a different perspective on a story they may have been taught when they were young or introduce them to a story, that I feel, is one of the most important.”

The play is $15 for general admission, $5 for seniors and non-Southeastern students and free for all Southeastern students and faculty with ID.




Even though the play has biblical origins with holy characters, Bouquet believes people will be able to relate to the humanity of the play.

“I chose this play because I feel like an audience, especially maybe a young audience, can really empathize with the human aspect of all these characters,” said Bouquet. “Many of the characters are ‘divine’ in one way or another, mainly saints, and through the language of the play and the stories that they tell, they show a very human side and remind us that no one is ever perfect. That is something that is universally relatable.”