Jesus May Have Died For Our Sins Today But He’ll Rise Again, Only Gayer, In Corpus Christi: The Movie

Corpus Christi, Terrence McNally’s controversial Passion play that debuted on Broadway in 1998, is being resurrected—but this time on the big screen. Directed by Nic Arnzen and James Brandon, the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption details the play’s evolution in the decade-plus since its premiere, looking at a small production in L.A. that led to a world tour and, eventually, a staging in Corpus Christie, TX. The film also chronicles how various groups have reacted to the play—productions have been met with protests, cancellations and even bomb threats—and how the show has become a vehicle of change.

With the show depicting Jesus Christ and his Apostles as gay men, Christ performing a same-sex marriage, and Judas betraying him over romantic jealousy, we thought it’d be the perfect post for Easter.

Happy holidays!

Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption premieres at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on April 29 before touring the country with a live stage production. Photo via Mikki Willis