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Wondering about Judas Redux??? Join us at our LeakyCon panel to find out more and get amped about the upcoming show!
See footage from the original 2008 production (featuring Darren Criss), behind the scenes photos and video, and hear about all of the thrills and challenges of producing independently, and why we felt so drawn to return to the play.
Featuring: Julia Albain, Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Lauren Lopez, Britney Coleman, Dylan Saunders, and Shashona Brooks, and moderated by Alex Carpenter!
HOLLA!! Im editing video as I type this. Im very talented at multi-tasking. I am IN Portland! In the calm before the storm of Leaky! And SO excited to meet all you reduxers and chat about all things Judas. Reblog if you are stopping by!
Dear Government People Who Make Rules:
I have been following your work on the issue of marriage equality. From what I’ve been seeing, your “defense of marriage” that results in equality laws being continually delayed and dismissed is mostly based in religious texts. I mean, honestly, the only thing in our existence and history that suggests that homosexuality might be wrong are religious texts. So of course, then, under the context of separation of Church and State, this all makes sense.
On this understanding, I think I get it! Marriage is a religious act in this country! Of course, how could I forget- in every marriage ceremony that happens a union with God is proclaimed, which is what earns marital rights! I understand now that since marriage and the rights it brings is SOLEY a religious act in this country that it might be inappropriate to offer that right to people who live a lifestyle that some people think God disapproves of.
But wait! If we are agreeing that marriage and the rights that follow is a religious act, then aren’t there some people who are slipping through the cracks of the system? What about the Atheists?! They don’t believe in God, therefore they can’t understand and accept the contract they are entering into with God. We must outlaw Atheistic marriage! This is against the religious texts! From here on out I suggest that atheistic marriage be forbidden and retroactively revoked.
Oh my goodness. I just realized something- Satanists. Across this country devil-worshipping women are marrying devil-worshipping men and they are dreaming of raising devil-worshipping children. This is TERRIBLE! We have to stop the Satanist Weddings!! Quickly! Same as the atheists: no more marriages, and let’s pull those old ones quickly. In fact, maybe we should take away their kids, too.
On the note of kids, there has been a big concern about how a same-sex couple might raise kids. I think this is a fair concern- the raising of our children equates to the future or our country! Accordingly, we should mandate nation-wide check-ins on EVERY family to make sure that ALL children are being raised well. If the rights of marriage are attached to how well we are able to raise the future generations of America, then family situations nationwide should be monitored closely.
You know what, just to be safe, I say that the rights of marriage and family come with some conditions. I mean, this is a contract with GOD after all, right? That’s what we’re all saying here? That’s why some people are entitled and some aren’t?
SO. First of all no more divorce. No excuses. LITERALLY no one can get divorced. YOU MADE A PROMISE TO GOD! That’s what we’re saying here, right? This is a religious institution, so I think some respect and discipline is due. Things are rough? Well, as I used to say to the kids I nanny’d for: you get what you get and you don’t get upset.
Second, if you are getting married and/or receiving the rights of marriage (Did you know that there are over 1,049 rights awarded with legal marriage? Incredible!) then I think you should be legally obligated to show proof that you are attending some form of religious service or ceremony weekly. We’ve established that the foundations of marriage in this country are embedded in religion and must be defended accordingly, and so I think it only makes sense that we ensure this foundation is adhered to in the married couples’ day to day lives.
Finally, as many argue that the point of marriage is to reproduce, I purpose that prospective married couple undergo examinations to prove that they are capable of reproducing. Also they must sign a contract that states they are intending to have children and will try. I mean, what’s the point of marriage, under the suggested religious understanding, if not to procreate?
I think this is a good start. I’m sure all the married, soon-to-be-married, and hopeful, straight, singles of the nation will fully embrace these purposed rules as an act of defending the constitution of marriage.
A) I hope if you are reading this you understand sarcasm.
B) If my point was not made clearly enough above, it is this: the only defense against allowing same-sex marriage is religious texts that have told us it is wrong, but the institution of marriage isn’t religious by law. Our hypocrisy is almost maddeningly obvious.
C) I identify myself as a spiritual person, a person of faith- GASP! A Christian. Thus, I get particularly heated around these issues which continually bring negative attention and reputation to a faith system I have found beauty in. I believe in marriage equality. I believe homosexuality is just another way of being, not wrong, and unique to the person, as any other quality is. My theology isn’t the point of this, but it needs to be said- the haters don’t represent us all. I’d like to to see a new culture in which we ask “What do you believe?” rather than “What’s your religion?”. I think it would change things drastically.
D) Even if you think homosexuality is wrong or a sin or whatever- it actually STILL behooves you to support same-sex marriage. GASP! Why? Well, because the marriage equality debate is actually a matter of church and state, and this separation is one we all should desire to see upheld.
But Julia?! Why wouldn’t I want Christianity to pervade government? It’s good! It would help our nation! I think the lines of church and state should be blurred.
Welp, here are some problems with that: You like the idea of the lines being blurred when it is your religion and freedom of it that is in the majority. What if we blur those lines, though, and then one day the tides turn and Islam (PURELY FOR EXAMPLE) is the predominate religion in this country and suddenly the precedent is set that the reigning faith dictates policy and rights and practice of it’s citizens. Suddenly you can’t go to church as you like, or celebrate holidays as you choose, or generally practice the religion you so ferociously based your belief system on because you voted to let the church and state lines blend, and then you ended up on the wrong side of that bet. Whats worse: stop to think for a second that some of these things I’ve mentioned above are actually true for some people in this country in the present.
Even when you feel free, you should ferociously be on the lookout for others who’s freedom you can aid in, because that shit can come around FAST.
Fighting for basic true and fair human rights is not just good practice, it’s karma; an investment in humanity. Whether you agree with another person’s way of living or not, you should defend their basic rights within the system. Our country has prided itself on ‘freedom’ and ‘bravery’. I think the most free and brave practice we could have is to allow rights to people within a context where we might not understand, or even agree, but know that we owe it anyway. Do one better: learn. Take an opportunity to not only defend a strangers rights, but to possibly learn about them as well. I’ve found that typically the “stranger” aspect doesn’t last long past the “hi!”.
Marriage equality is an issue for everyone. Marriage equality is an issue for people like myself who are dreaming about attending loved-ones weddings and being auntie to their babies, but marriage equality should also be an issue for people who it doesn’t remotely effect, and even for people who might even disagree with homosexuality. It isn’t an issue of “naturalness” or “sin” or doctrine. It’s an issue of freedom. We should be unitedly fighting for this now, because there may be issues in the future in which we’d all hope to have support in return. If you don’t believe in homosexuality then don’t live your life that way. But don’t prohibit others freedom. One day you might turn around, and the tides may have turned, and you might find yourself fighting for you own freedoms, praying people would come along beside you.
I’ve had to accept a harsh reality recently: I am in the business of imaginary things.
I play pretend, create imaginary worlds and stories, and make things where there used to not be a thing.
This fits great with my personality in many ways because I have always had a mind that ran far and wide away from the present moment.
The trouble with being in the business of imaginary things, though, is that you have to adjust your understandings of what productivity looks like.
On the opposite side of having a mind that wanders, I also have hands and feet and a heart that get restless easily. I like to always be doing something, and my restlessness is appeased by seeing the fruits of how productive and busy I am able to be each day. I need physical evidence of accomplishments daily.
Here-in the problems arise.
Sometimes the business of imagining leaves you with no physical evidence, especially when it is in process. It is productive, no question, but sometimes the proof of productivity is only in your mind- in the space where you spend hours staring at a blank page with out putting any words down, but developing worlds and moments in your mind that did not exist before.
I’ve had to learn how to let go of my need for “productivity proof” in order that I can actually start producing things.
Today I sat at my computer and listened to music that inspired me and read bits and pieces of the script for the show I am working on and tossed around a koosh ball and looked at images and just THOUGHT. I just let my mind go where it needed to go.
What happens typically when I start to enter into this place is that the control freak part of me goes “You’re wasting time! What are you producing?” and so I panic and end up writing a bunch of useless emails or tinkering with spreadsheets that don’t need to be tinkered with all because that, though unnecessary, at least feels like physical proof of productivity.
Today though, I forced myself to stay in the THINKING place, though uncomfortable. I bounced on my yoga ball at my desk, and tossed around that koosh ball, and kept the music coming, and stared at the trees outside my window, and referenced text when I needed to, and I just thought.
And something amazing happened- nothing “physical” was created, but I produced more in a couple of hours than I have in days. I had an “aha” that made me realize that the time spent creating and discovering something, even if it is just in your mind, is time spent productively. I got necessary work done today.
The imagining of a thing is a part of the work. It might even be the most crucial phase. It is work. It is not time wasted. It is the business of imaginary things becoming real.
I’ve had so many discoveries lately about being a creative and a productive- the balance, the challenges, and everything in between.
Today I learned the art of letting myself think. I may never be the same!
A toast to all of your imaginary things- I hope you give them a chance!
Ps- THIS is the music that’s been rocking my world today
So to recap, you guys have not only met one, but TWO goals so far in this campaign, and you are super close to helping us meet our third and final goal!
UNREAL! We’re counting down in hours now!
So far we’ve revealed the following cast members:
Lauren Lopez, Joey Richter,…
EVERY DAY IS A PARTY FOR TEAM JUDASSSS!!!
And right away Reduxers, we’re back with more!
You already know that Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, and Lauren Lopez will be performing in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. We’re thrilled to announce today three additions to our cast that will be joining them! Everyone please welcome Reed…
Hello once again Reduxers!
All of us here at Judas Redux HQ are positively giddy moving into the last five days of the campaign. We’ve met both our stretch budget and backer goals, strengthening the creative power and community behind the project. So THANK YOU once again to the 1,245 of you…
Hi Reduxers, Julia here!
It’s said that good directing is 80% casting the right actors. If I trust my instincts while working with actors in the audition room then I can allow and fully encourage them to trust their instincts in the rehearsal room.
Oh. Ok. So I have to do 80% of my work on this 5-month project in two weeks? Cool. No problem.
Casting. Not a job for the faint of heart.