Tonight at 7:30 the curtains will part at the Old Town Temecula Theater on the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, The Last Supper. It won’t be the actual painting, mind you, but a life size portrayal of the momentous event in the life of Christ and the 12 Apostles. Not only is the portrayal life size, it is actually alive in that this is a presentation known as ‘The Living Last Supper’, a recreation of the original artwork that includes vignettes by each Apostle during the course of the evening about his travels with Jesus.
Frozen in the moment, each speaker disengages from the picture to provide his dialogue, then melds back into the fabric. Audience members can sometimes forget to listen to the stories as they concentrate instead on trying to ‘catch’ somebody moving. Believe me, holding one pose for an hour is not as easy as it sounds.
This is my second year as Peter, The Rock. This year my son, Dane, has also joined the cast as John, The Beloved. About 2/3 of the cast are returning members having performed the play for the past 3 or 4 years, while a few are new comers to the stage. In the one non-speaking role, Jesus has rejoined the cast flying in from his current home in Indiana (who knew?) to reprise a role that he closely resembles in the original artwork. We’ve got 3 Realtors (Dane, Mike O’Donnell and myself), 2 teachers, a cop, a couple students and a couple retired fellows in the cast and all deliver moving dialogue as their character is called upon to question which of their brethren will betray Christ this night.
The performance runs March 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30. Tickets are a paltry $17 for adults, $15 for Seniors and children and if you’ve got 10 friends you can enjoy the evening for just $12. It’s like no play you’ve ever seen before and I think you will find it very entertaining. You might even pick up a few things you didn’t know about the portrayal of this momentous event. Hope to see you there.