Betrayal: Sam Rockwell To Star as Ill-Fated Apostle in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

News   Betrayal: Sam Rockwell To Star as Ill-Fated Apostle in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Sam Rockwell — the actor who starred as Chuck Barris in the film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" — will take on the title role in the upcoming world premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Sam Rockwell in
Sam Rockwell in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" Photo by Takashi Seida<br>

The Labyrinth Theatre Company staging presented in collaboration with The Public Theatre is set to begin previews at The Public Theatre Feb. 8, 2005.

The Last Days follows the story, set mainly in a near-Purgatory courtroom, in which a lawyer appeals the case of God and the Kingdom of Heaven vs. Judas Iscariot.

Rockwell — who starred in the December 2003 Barn Series reading of the work — will take on the role of the scorned apostle in a cast that will also feature LAB regulars Chris McGarry, Mums and Portia. The latter two single-named performers also appeared in the reading.

Among the characters that filled the 2003 reading included the accused Judas (Rockwell), his mother (Living Out star Liza Colon Zayas), his Irish lawyer (Elizabeth Canavan), childhood friend (Mums), opposing Middle Eastern counsel with a lisp (Yul Vasquez of The Stendhal Syndrome, "Seinfeld"), Court of Hope judge (Richard Petrocelli of Our Lady of 121st Street), a feistily persistent saint (Elizabeth Rodriguez), an angel (Portia - Our Lady), Pontius Pilate (Ron Cephas Jones - Our Lady), Jesus (Michael Pitt of "The Dreamers") and a laid back Devil (playwright John Patrick Shanley).

Rockwell has appeared on stage in the recent 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway productions of Goose-Pimples and Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love as well as Hot l Baltimore, The Dumb Waiter and The Zoo Story at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His film credits include "The Green Mile," "Galaxy Quest," "Charlie's Angels," "Welcome to Collinwood" and "Matchstick Men." Longtime LAByrinth patriot Guirgis also penned Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train; In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings and Our Lady of 121st Street all directed by Hoffman.

Hoffman is best known as a stage and film actor ("Boogie Nights" and True West among his popular portrayals). He was nominated for his recent turn on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. Hoffman serves as co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company with actor John Ortiz.

For more information on LAByrinth Theater Company, visit www.labtheater.org .

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