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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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Challenge Everything You Believe.





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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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The Church of the Future
25 April 2013 | by (North Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Playing with Redemption is a documentary about the cast members who came to perform Terrence McNally's play, Corpus Christi, that was threatened religious fundamentalists when it came to Broadway a decade or so ago because of its religious content. The documentary traces how unchurched cast found spirituality and transformation in a story about homophobic violence and religious intolerance. Corpus Christi was written after the hate crime/murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. McNally pens in the Preface to the play, "Jesus Christ did not die in vain because his disciples lived to spread the story. It is this generation's duty to make certain Matthew Shepard did not die in vain. We forgot the story at the peril of our very lives." And I would add "our souls." The documentary affirms a deeply profound and spiritual truth that love conquers hatred, even homohatred. This is a story for people spiritually and humanely who are committed to end hatred, violence, and children bullied for being LGBT.

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