The Hilltop Players announces the 2014-2015 season
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly-Guirgis
November 13-16 and 20-23
THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT is a comic, irreverent attempt to make a judgement on the soul of the world’s most renowned sinner. Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ and Stephen Adly-Guirgis wonders what would his trial in purgatory be like (if told by a comedian). While it is often snide and funny, it offers deeper moments of heart wrenching questions about Judas, despair, and forgiveness.
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner.
ADULT ADVISORY: Due to language and adult subject matter, this show is not suitable for all audiences.
By Dylan Thomas
February 12-13 and 19-22
Commissioned by the BBC, and described by Dylan Thomas as ‘a play for voices’, UNDER MILK WOOD takes the form of an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub. We learn of the inhabitants’ dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has ‘fallen head over bells in love’. The First Voice narration reveals the ordinary world of daily happenings and events, while the Second Voice conveys the intimate, innermost thoughts of the fascinating folk of Llareggub. There have been myriad productions of UNDER MILK WOOD over the years and Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones have all starred in radio, stage or film adaptations.
The Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
April 16-19 and 23-26
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.