Critically Acclaimed Corpus Christi by Terrence McNally
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Featured review from luc morabito
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i didn't like the fold out chairs and unraked seating. being in the back row was very difficult, but i sat on top of the back of my chair and was able to see "one of" the greatest stories ever told. stand out performance and direction from nic arnzen. other stand outs were david pevsner, devin sidell, sheilagh m. brooks and james brandon.
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“In director Nic Arnzen’s heartfelt take at the Zephyr Theatre, a multiracial, gender-bent ensemble led by the affecting James Brandon lands its core message…” _-–Los Angeles Times, Recommended
“The entire cast gives great performances…creating an ending that is almost cinematic in its scope.” -LA Weekly,_ GO!
“A compelling revisit [that’s] wryly amusing…sharply poignant [and a] heartfelt allegory of love and acceptance…” _-Backstage West,_ Critic’s Pick
Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi is a retelling of the Jesus story, with Jesus as a gay man living in 1950s Corpus Christi, Texas. Originally opening in 1998 to bomb threats and protests and continuing in various cities with the same reception, this revival production has been able to share McNally’s message without a single demonstration, and to international critical acclaim. Starting humbly at the Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley, the play’s resounding success continued to sold-out audiences for months at Los Angeles’s Zephyr Theatre, has toured throughout Northern and Southern California and recently completed a successful run at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Typically performed by thirteen young men, this production continues to celebrate the play’s message of embracing diversity by casting both men and women of a large age range, varying religious beliefs and all walks of life.
In 2008, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the show’s opening, the play will be documented for cinematic release while it tours through Dublin at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, where it will be performed for the first time in Ireland, and various national cities, ending in New York in October.
Because the message of Corpus Christi deeply parallels the message of The Matthew Shepard Foundation, the company and Foundation have aligned forces to help spread awareness of erasing hate. Proceeds from ticket sales at each venue will benefit the Foundation’s cause.
Directed by Nic Arnzen.
The Easter Sunday performance on March 23, 2008, at 6:00pm will be followed by an Easter “Gay-la” with food, drink, prizes and fun!