DaVinci may have winced a bit as members of the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church took some artistic liberties during their presentation of "Transformation: A Living Last Supper," a one-act play written by Rachel C. Hoyer, on Maundy Thursday, April 5.
Set in the here and now, the play focuses on the hiring of thirteen unlikely individuals to pose as Jesus and his 12 disciples — Jack Eichorn (Simon Peter), John Kimberlin (Thaddeus), Travis Mills (Thomas), Shane Lance (Matthew), Steve Lewis (Judas), Leonard Russell (Simon the Zealot), Jim Schwierti (Jesus), Tory Wilson (James) and Leroy Black (John), Jerry Groshans (Philip), Bob Watts (Andrew), Rick Mills (James the lesser) and Al Robertson ( Nathaniel), for an artist named Leo (Gael McCully), for the now famous painting commissioned by the Duke of Milan (Dick Wellington) to eventually hang in the dining hall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery, located in Milan, Italy.
After discussing several controversial subject matters, Leo (Leonardo Da Vinci) and the Duke settle on the "The Last Supper" as the theme for the painting. And, with the (often humorous) response from each of the models, most of whom aren't happy with their parts to begin with — Why do I have to be the doubting Thomas . . . or Matthew, the tax collector . . . or Judas? — the unique relationship of Jesus to each of his disciples is finally revealed.
The performance was directed by Virginia Berandou and Karen Cline with Bev Gardner and Karen Cline as narrators.blog comments powered by Disqus