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Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption (2012)

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Inspired by Terrence McNally's Passion Play told through the lens of a young gay Jesus, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption follows a group of actors who began production on the play ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jeanene Ambler ...
Andrew / Herself
Nic Arnzen ...
Joshua / Himself
Sheilagh Brooks ...
James the Less / Herself
Judas / Himself
Melissa Caulfield ...
John the Baptist / Herself
Matthew / Herself
Mark Colbert ...
James / Himself
Paul Denniston ...
Peter / Himself
Bartholomew / Himself
Molly O'Leary ...
Thomas / Herself


Inspired by Terrence McNally's Passion Play told through the lens of a young gay Jesus, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption follows a group of actors who began production on the play seven years ago in a small church. Within months they suddenly found themselves thrust in the world spotlight touring to international acclaim. The documentary follows the troupe and the playwright sharing their stories with supporters and protesters as they continue their tour across the world to communities where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent. Mirroring the reflections of dialogue in society today, especially in regards to civil rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS, and separation of church and state, this production has become a vehicle of change for a community struggling to find its voice. Meanwhile, the company of actors find themselves on a journey that would forever change their lives. Written by James Brandon & Nic Arnzen

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The film has previewed at various film festivals across the country since 2011 to allow the audience a voice in the filmmaking process, reflecting the substantial role they played in the international touring success of this production. See more »

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pretty good movie about a pretty bad play
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The problem with this documentary movie is that the play at its center is badly written - so bad that hearing just a few lines of it is enough to make me cringe. People have complained that this movie doesn't show the full play, but I'm grateful it doesn't. I assume they included the best parts, so the rest of it must be even worse.

I love Terrence McNally very much as a person, but as a writer he's not that good. His writing is pretentious and clumsy, and it never sounds like real human beings talking. If he weren't gay, weren't a very attractive, compassionate and charismatic man, and didn't therefore have an automatic following in the gay community, I think he'd probably have had to spend his life doing something else.

The bad actors who are putting on the play's 2006 revival in LA don't help any, but the play itself is so leaden and contrived that I don't think ANY actors could bring it to life. What's most disturbing about this movie is not the virulent but oh-so-predictable opposition to it from "Christians" - whose loudest spokespeople are always the stupidest

  • but the fact that so much energy was wasted on such an embarrassingly

bad play. (McNally's claim in this movie - that the opposition from fundamentalist Christians came as a total surprise to him - is not credible. NO one could be that naive.)

That's too bad, because the concept - a strong and loving gay Jesus - is fantastic. I just wish a more talented playwright would rise to the challenge and give us a play that's WORTH fighting for.

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