Kingdom Undone, by Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, opens on March 15 at the Southern Theater. This critically acclaimed work with a compelling twist on the last days of Jesus and Judas runs through March 30.
"[Kingdom Undone] is notable for many reasons: the continuing dramatic rehabilitation of Judas' character; the palpable presence of a Jewish resistance movement in ancient Palestine; the sense of ebullient hope that Jesus (played by Jeremiah Gamble) elicited during his ministry and the aching devastation at his capture..." --- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
The Gambles found the piece challenged both churchgoers and non-churchgoers to rethink assumptions and provoke discussion. "Because last year's production was a premiere, we had little time to finesse and fine tune things," said Jeremiah. "This year, we are grateful to have time to explore scenes and discover new moments. We've also added some new music, re-staged some scenes and added new choreography. We think the production is greatly enhanced by these new discoveries."
The Kingdom Undone cast includes Dustin Bronson (Pillsbury House, The Illusion, Park Square) as Judas, Jeremiah Gamble (playwright and author) plays Jesus, Vanessa Gamble is Magdalena (Children's Theater Company, Theater Latté Da, History Theater), Matt Berdahl (Bloomington Civic Theater, Skylark Opera Company) is Isaac, and Janet Hanson as Mary (Theater Latte Da, Park Square Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company). The rest of the stand-out cast includes Greg Bunce (Pharisee), Nathan Cousins (Peter), Stephanie Cousins (ensemble), Kelli Foster Warder (angel), Matthew Greseth (Caiaphas), Eric Heimsoth (Centurion), Nicholas Leeman (James), Daniel McLaughlin (John), Gail Ottmar (Joanna), Bethany Peters (ensemble), Arnie Roos (Lazarus), Peter Simmons (Pilot/Achan), and Kurt Schweickhardt (Zacchaeus/Sadduce).
The play is directed by Jeffrey S. Miller with musical direction by Michael Pearce Donley. Nadine Grant is the costumer and Betsy E. Mills is directing movement. The rest of the creative team includes Jeremy Barnett (Set Design), Joy Donley (Producer/Asst. Director), Sarah Pierucki (Stage Manager), Geoffrey Wold (Lighting Designer) and Mike Anderson (Fight Instructor).
Musicians include Anna Bakk (violin), David Doll (percussion), Christopher Erickson (upright bass), Karen Thomas (violin) and Jon Visser (classical guitar) who will be joined by Music Director Michael Pearce Donley on keyboards.
Performance Dates/Times: March 15 - 30 at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S, Minneapolis. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays - Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Additional performances: 7:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, and 4 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29.
Tickets: $15 - $25, Discounts for groups, seniors, students and Minnesota Fringe button-holders at www.kingdomundone.com or 800.838.3006.