by Michael Hendy
This one-act play questions the historic view of Judas as someone who willingly and knowingly betrayed Jesus. Joint winner of a Radius Play Competition, it was first performed in 2002 when this debate was in its infancy, but the questions raised are just as relevant today. Judas is brought to trial in a modern courtroom which is set in limbo, outside the temporal world. Did Jesus know Judas would betray him? Did eyewitnesses lie about Judas’s role? Is he a victim of history? Was Judas preordained to play the role of traitor? If so, can he blamed, let alone condemned?
Lasting 1 hour, there is a cast of four men and two women although one of the male parts could be played by a woman.