The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

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It’s the biggest trial in Purgatory, and Judas is on the stand—surrounded by a Fellini-esque cast of character witnesses, from Satan to Sigmund Freud. Is he merely fallen or beyond forgiveness? In this far cry from any church pageant, you’ll laugh out loud while you reassess one of the most reviled names in history.

Performing September 22nd – October 29th at The Athenaeum Theatre!

Directed by Eclectic Artistic Director David Belew

Cast

Butch Honeywell/St. Matthew

Bailiff/Simon the Zealot

El Fayoumy

Mary/Loretta/Sister Glenna

Jesus

Gloria/Mother Teresa

Henrietta Iscariot

St. Thomas/Freud/Soldier

Cunningham

Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas

St.Monica/Soldier

St. Peter/Matthias/Soldier

Pontius Pilate/Uncle Pino

Judas Iscariot

Satan

Judas/Butch/St. Matthew/St. Thomas/Freud Understudy

Jesus/El Fayoumy Understudy

Gloria/Mother Teresa/Monica/Mary Understudy

Henrietta Understudy

Andy Blaustein*

Eugene Bracy

Milin Chandna

Katie Incardona

Matthew Harris

Tamara Heath

Kelly Levander*

Aaron Lockman

Julie Partyka*

Andrew Pond*

Amber Sallis

Julian Serna

George Stallings

Alexander Utz

Michael Woods

Joseph Cattoggio

Joaquin Rodarte

Gabrielle Gulledge

Lisa Savegnago*

Creative Team

Director David Belew*
Assistant Director Carleigh Obrochta*
Production Manager Bronte DeShong*
Stage Manager Michael Starcher
Scenic Designer Jeremy Hollis
Costume Designer Catherine Tantillo*
Sound Designer L.J. Luthringer
Light Designer

Props Designer

Rachel Lake*

Jessica Fisher*

Casting Director

Fight Choreography

Jessica Fisher*

Michael Woods

 

Cast

Andy Blaustein (Butch Honeywell/St. Matthew/Satan U/S) Chicago theater credits include: Rhinoceros, Dog Sees God, The Shape of Things (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe), El Stories 17: New in Town (Waltzing Mechanics), and Laughter on the 23 Floor (Eclectic). Other credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theater at Monmouth), The Real Inspector Hound (Theater at Monmouth),Terezin: Children of the Holocaust (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company). Andy is a graduate of iO improv and Shattered Globe’s Protege Program. He is represented by Big Mouth Talent. Andy would also like to give a shout-out and thanks to Noni and her chinchilla Fiona for all their love and support.

Eugene Bracy (Bailiff/Simon the Zealot/Pilot U/S) is an actor is the Chicagoland area. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Bradley University. He has performed with the Christian theatre company AIM (Anointed in Movement) and starred in two children’s shows at Corn Productions.  He toured with the play Penis Monologues from 2013-2015. Eugene has completed several short films and mostly recently completed his first feature film Confusion 2: Betrayal, which premiered on December 11th,  2016. He is currently taking classes at Acting Studio Chicago to perfect his craft. This is his first time performing with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

Joseph Cattoggio (U/S: Judas/Butch/St. Matthew/St. Thomas/Freud) is very grateful to be a part of this cast at Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. This is his Eclectic Full Contact Theatre debut and his fifth performance since graduating with a theater degree at UMass Amherst in 2015. He’d like to thank his family for their unconditional support and hopes everyone enjoys the show! Other credits include: Hamlet, An Iliad, King of Shadows (Janus Theater Company) The Liar, Merchant of Venice, and Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (UMass Amherst).

 

Milin Chandna (El Fayoumy) just relocated from India , after living in Doha and being a Flight Attendant with Qatar Airways. He has done several Commercials & Print including  Intec Ac, Mumbai Police Theatre , Hot star promo, Pro Ezee pads , Hi care Pest, Garnier music video, as well done TV Episodics for Yudh (Colors) & Police Files (Zee). He recent walked for the Black Fashion Week USA 2017 and has completed the Gately Poole Conservatory.

Katie Incardona (Mary Magdalene/Loretta/Sister Glenna) is excited to make her Eclectic Full Contact Theatre debut. Chicago credits include Always (The Arc Theatre), Hope in 90 Minutes, (The Public House Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), The Curse on Mordrake House (Barebones Theatre), Compliments of the Season (City Lit Theatre), Murder (Broken Nose Theatre), and EL Stories: Heroes (Waltzing Mechanics). Film credits include Nima’s Beauty Shop (Rainbow Productions). She received a BA in acting from Northwestern University, and has studied at The British American Drama Academy, Second City, and the Acting Studio of Chicago. Katie is represented by Lily’s Talent. Big thanks to her friends and family (and her cat) for all their support.  www.katieincardona.com

Gabrielle Gulledge(U/S: Gloria/Mother Teresa/Monica/Mary) is very happy to be a part of the Judas Iscariot cast! She is new to the theatre scene here but not the city itself, having resettled here in her hometown last year after escaping life as an accountant in the South. Previous credits: Nauseously Optimistic at Second City and Not This White Woman with Arc Theatre Company.  She’d like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, including her mom (Hi Mommie!!) and cat, Sasha.

Matthew Harris (Jesus) is thrilled to be back with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, having previously worked with them in The History Boys.  Previous credits: Luz Estrada (Mercy Street) The Lyons, Lieutenant of Inishmore, Wit (Aston Rep), From White Plains (Broken Nose), and Lydia (National Pastime Theatre). Readings with Commission Theatre, Greenhouse theatre; Pride Films and Plays, Spartan Workshop and The Ruckus. Love to his family, U and N.

Tamara Heath (Gloria/Mother Teresa) is excited to be appearing in her first Chicago theatre show. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with her BFA in acting. She has also studied at the Moscow Theatre School. Her past productions have included Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Vagina Monologues, Big Fish, Intimate Apparel and many more. She excited to be part of the Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. She also wants to thank her family especially her mother for being such a great support. Hope that you enjoy the show!

Kelly Levander (Henrietta, Cunningham U/S) is excited to be bringing such a compelling story to life. Kelly has worked with Spartan Theatre, Provision Theatre, Muse of Fire, Arc Theater, Metropolis PAC, Jedlicka, and Artemisia. Prior to moving to Chicago Kelly had the opportunity to perform with many regional theaters across the country including: Virginia Stage Company, The New York Fringe, Theater of the American South and the A. D. Players. She is thankful to her husband Joe and her two lovely children who willingly support her passion for theater.

Aaron Lockman (St. Thomas/Freud/Soldier/U/S : St. Peter,  Matthias) is thrilled to be making his Eclectic debut! He is a recent graduate of Columbia College, where you might have seen him perform as Ronald in The Altruists, Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus, and Audrey II Puppeteer in Little Shop of Horrors. Other Chicago credits include Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee (Surging Films+Theatrics), Declan in Whatever (the side project), and Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet (Citadel Theatre). You can hear his voice in the audiobooks Surviving Hitler and Locke and Key on Audible, as well as on the podcast The Audio Diary of Aaron Lockman on iTunes.

 

Andrew J. Pond (Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas)  is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, has appeared in Eclectic productions of The Seagull, A Christmas Carol, Moon Over Buffalo, Take Me Out, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Complete Works of William Shakespeare(Abridged), and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, works as an actor/director/playwright with several children’s theatres, teaches drama and stage combat classes, and has an eclectic grab bag of skills too numerous to mention here. Thanks, as always, to Jessica.

Julie Partyka(Cunningham) recently appeared in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s Jeff Recommended production of Gidion’s Knot. Other selected credits include: All My Sons and Six Degrees of Separation (Eclectic) On Golden Pond and Later Lives (Oil Lamp Theatre), Half and Half (Metropolis Performing Arts Center), Streetcar Named Desire (Village Players). Julie has worked with other Chicagoland theatres that include Polarity Ensemble, Timeline Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, and Trap Door Theatre. Julie thanks David and the rest of the cast and crew. And thanks always to Peter who looks after their two boys a lot more when she is in a show.

Joaquin Rodate (U/S: Jesus/El Fayoumy) After receiving a Bachelors in Theatre from Cal State Fullerton, Joaquin moved from California to Chicago. Living in the Windy City for the past three years, Joaquin is excited to debut in his first Chicago full-length play. Past Chicago credits include the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival and arciText with The Arc Theatre. He would like to thank the cast, crew, and the entire Eclectic family for a joyous experience.

 

Amber Sallis (St. Monica/Soldier) is super pumped to be joining Eclectic Theatre Company for the first time! Amber is new to Chicago, native of Rockford, Illinois and a 2016 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting. She also studied at the World Renown MXAT Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. Chicago Theatre credits include: Goodman Theatre (Reading): The Beauties,  Steep Theatre Company’s production of Earthquakes in London, Emerald City Theatre’s: The Snowy Day and other Stories, Creating Justice Conference: Covenant. TV extra include: Chicago Fire, Shameless, The Chi and Empire. Thank you to my Mom, Dad and brother for their huge support system and keeping me grounded.

Julian Serna (St. Peter/Matthias/Soldier/U/S: Baliff, Simon the Zealot) is excited to be making his Chicago debut with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company! He recently graduated from Northern Illinois University, where he received his BA in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Acting. There he was involved in multiple productions, both onstage and behind the curtains. Acting credits include The Normal Heart (David), The Lucky Chance (Captain Noisey), King Ubu (Ensemble), The Elephant Grief (Cleaner), & Curious Moments On The Last Moments Of The Naïve Mind (Voice 2). Stage Management credits include Picnic, as well as being the Assistant Stage Manager of the ’15-’16 dance season.

George Stallings(Pontius Pilate/Uncle Pino) is thrilled to be making his Eclectic Theatre debut. He has performed all over Chicagoland for at least 10 plus years with theatre companies such as Profile Theatre in Hellcab, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Feral, ETA Theatre in Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone (Jeff-nomination: Best New Play). He was also nominated best lead actor by BTAA for “Levee James” also at ETA. He has a new feature film released September 2017, September Rayne.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.   

Alexander Utz (Judas Iscariot) is grateful to have another opportunity with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre! He recently moved to Chicago after graduating from Niagara University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Since arriving in Chicago, he has been seen in Richard III (Fury Theatre), The History Boys (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), Cosmic Events are Upon Us (Waltzing Mechanics), as well as participating in the Den Theatre’s One Minute Play Festival and the Agency Theatre Collective’s 24-Hour Play Festival. He is also a playwright whose work has been featured by Three Cat Productions in Chicago and 5th Wall Productions in Charleston. Much love to his ever supportive family and friends!

Michael Woods (Satan) Recently starred in the docu-drama series IN AN INSTANT on ABC and performed re-occurring roles on CHICAGO PD (NBC) and EMPIRE (FOX).  Michael has also appeared Showtime’s SHAMELESS and the Blumhouse film SINISTER 2.  A graduate of Chicago’s Second City Conservatory, Michael performed at the RedTwist, Raven, CityLit, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Recent theatrical credits include St. John in Jane Eyre at Lifeline Theatre and Dominic in Inana at Timeline Theatre.  He is a founding member with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and last performed with the company as Trigorin in The Seagull where he was nominated for a Jeff Award.

Crew

David Belew (Director) is Eclectic’s Artistic Director, and has directed several shows for the company, including Take Me Out, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, All My Sons, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). He has also appeared onstage in the group’s productions of Spinning Into Butter, Make Me a Song, and The History Boys. When not working on a show, David is an avid strategy board gamer, and is a voting member of the Train Gamer’s Association. He lives in Chicago with his adorable little dog and Patreon Video star Yakko. David sends lots of love and thanks to the amazing cast and crew of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for making this such an amazing adventure.

Brontë DeShong (Production Manager) is very excited to be working again with Eclectic Full Contact theatre as a new company member!  Previous credits include Puppet Supervisor for Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Properties Designer for The Legend of Georgia McBride at Northlight Theatre.  She is very excited to begin work as a Production Management Intern for It’s a Wonderful Life and This Wonderful Life at American Blues

Jessica Lauren Fisher (Props Designer) is a Chicago based actress and founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Notable performances with Eclectic include Mrs. Cratchitt in their recent co Production with Metropolis Performing Arts Center of A Christmas Carol, last summer’s production of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn and Sarah Daniels in Spinning into Butter. She has performed throughout the Chicago and Indiana area in theatre, musicals, and opera playing everything from mice to men. Favorite roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Joan in Murder in Green Meadows. When not on stage, Jessica can be found choreographing and directing children at Rootz and The Wip Training Center. She is ever grateful to her partner in everything Andrew. LVYA Mom!

Jeremy Hollis (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based scenic designer. Recent credits include The Nance and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Pride Films and Plays), The Liar (Promethean Theatre Ensemble), The Baltimore Waltz (Brown Paper Box Co.), The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier (Permoveo, inc.), and Shrewish (Artemisia). Regional credits include productions with Weathervane Playhouse, SRO Theatre Company, and Zeider’s American Dream Theatre. Much love to the Wignall Lab and Jason Heyward.

Rachel Lake (Lighting Designer) is excited to be returning to Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and is a graduate of West Virginia University. Other design works include: Rhinoceros (Theatre Heist); Gidion’s Knot (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre; Lady X: The Musical (Hell in a Handbag); Deep in the Heart of Tuna (New American Folk Theatre); The Ben Hecht Show (Grippo Stage Company); The People’s Passion Play (Quest Theatre Ensemble); Botanic Garden (Canamac Productions); Oliver! (Citadel Theatre); and Arsenic and Old Lace (WVU School of Theatre and Dance).

L.J. Luthringer (Sound Designer) is proud to rejoin the team here at Eclectic Full Contact, where he had his first professional design job. His work can be found all around the Chicago storefront scene, and ljluthringer.sqsp.com holds his out-of-date portfolio. Thank you for coming out and enjoy this production of a beautiful script in the hands of the smart, talented, and funny people here at Eclectic.

Carleigh Obrochta (Assistant Director) is very excited to be working with Eclectic for her first time assistant directing! Previously she has worked with both Eclectic and Refuge Theatre Project as a stage manager where she has worked on bare (Refuge Theatre Project), The Shape of Things (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), Glory Days (Refuge Theatre Project), Moon Over Buffalo (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre) and more! Thanks to her family and friends for their unwavering support!

Michael Starcher (Stage Manager) is in the midst of reviving his theatre career after spending 14 years as a corporate drone. Last year he was given the opportunity to come back to his first love – stage managing – so he took it. Since then he has worked for several storefront companies including Hell in a Handbag, Underscore Theatre, Steep Theatre and COR Theatre. Many thanks to David and EFCT for bringing me along on this adventure!

Catherine Tantillo (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be working with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company again where other designs include Gidions Knot, Naked Boys Singing, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol (co-production with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), Make Me a Song, The Shape of Things, The Seagull, Moon Over Buffalo, Spinning Into Butter, Take Me Out, Laughter on the 23rd Floor & All My Sons.  Other area theaters she has worked with include Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (Resident Designer), Dog & Pony Theatre Company (Company Member), The New Colony, the side project theatre, and more.  She is currently the staff costume design assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. You can see her designs for Hair now performing at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.