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A Jesuit Off-Broadway: Behind the Scenes with Faith, Doubt, Forgiveness, and More Paperback – March 4, 2011
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What made it surreal, at least for me, was listening to the others besides Martin read their "parts." Martin writes extensively about Guirgis and the cast in this book, their religious backgrounds, experiences and motivations. He quotes them all rather extensively though I can't believe he was taking copious notes at the time (though I could be wrong about this). As these actors read about themselves I couldn't help but notice that what I was watching was a person playing another person's interpretation of themselves. Most brought it off brilliantly but some (Guirgis, in particular) seemed to squirm with discomfort at reading his motivations aloud as interpreted by Martin. It made me more aware than usual, as I read the book, of how an author shapes experiences--as "real" as they are--to his own ends by his choices and presentation. The other cast and crew may have perceived these same events quite differently.
I know I, for one, perceived some of the things he writes about quite differently. As an attendee at one of the "talk back" nights, I agree with Martin that some of the questions can be thoughtless and rude.Read more ›
Like every other book written by Martin, I highly recommend this one!! Even before I read it, I purchased 3 copies of it for gifts for people, knowing that a book by James Martin will not disappoint. Enjoy this book!
The actors are depicted as regular human beings, individually, personally, with their acting greatness, but also with their doubs, sufferings, conflicts, interior conversions, failures and anxieties, influenced or soothed, by the study of their own characters in the play: "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot". The book title is perfectly descriptive of the hard work behind the scenes before a theater play is presented to the public. The presence of the priest as theological advisor is well integrated in the development process of the play. He is very human and understanding, though he helps to guide and keep the biblical story in check. The last chapter summarized the spiritual impact that, as advisor behind the scenes, the process had on the author himself, James Martin SJ. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the diversity of lives, theater, playwriting, or just in the arguments about Judas life and death, doutbs and forgiveness, then and today.
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Excellent blend of history, religion, and theatre! It was also an easy read for those who aren't familiar with some or all of those topicsPublished 5 months ago by Hershey
This is the author's journey as a spiritual consultant and friend to the brilliant Stephen Adly Guirgis as he was writing his stellar THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Read morePublished 13 months ago by kchrisfox
This is a compelling book about the relationship between religion and spirituality, explored through the interactions of a Jesuit priest with the cast and crew of a brilliant... Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. S. Brooks
I was looking to remember the time I spent involved in off-Broadway productions. I found instead a religious experience built around an off-Broadway production. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Marilouise Durkin
The Jesuits are so good at looking at what life is all about.
I am always interested to read what Father Martin is writing about. Read more
It's disappointing to see a Jesuit priest question the resurrection, say that only 4 or 5 people are in hell, and that Judas may just be a "story" invented by gospel writers. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Mediaman