2018-03-08 / Front Page

‘Living Portrayal of The Last Supper’ to be presented by WLT March 23-25


Director Walt Brown has produced A Living Portrayal of da Vinci’s The Last Supper in several cities where he has served in the past. This photo is the actual stage setting from one of his productions. Director Walt Brown has produced A Living Portrayal of da Vinci’s The Last Supper in several cities where he has served in the past. This photo is the actual stage setting from one of his productions. On Palm Sunday weekend, March 23-25, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of The Last Supper will come to life on the stage of the Washington Little Theater as 13 actors portray Jesus and the 12 apostles. The play is set just after Jesus spoke the words, “Truly I say unto you, one of you will betray me.” One by one, each apostle comes to life and shares his personal encounter with Jesus and wonders, “Lord, is it I?”

Walt Brown, music minister at Washington’s First Baptist Church, is directing and has produced the play several times in previous locations. The Little Theater expects the play to be a sell-out and recommends the purchase of tickets as early as possible. (See ticketing info at the end of this article.)

As background, in 1424 the Duke of Milan commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to decorate the dining room of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The painter chose as his theme the last meal shared by Jesus and his apostles before Jesus’ death. His painting was not intended to be a faithful reproduction of how it originally took place in first century Palestine, but as it might have taken place in fifteenth-century Italy. For the pose, da Vinci chose the most dramatic moment of the meal, just after Jesus said, “One of you will betray me,” and the apostles wonder, “Is it I?”

In 1953, a church organist in Petersburg, Virginia, saw A Living Picture of the Last Supper, in which 13 men depicted the still pose of the painting. The organist suggested the idea of expanding the painting to Methodist minister Ernest K. Emurian. For the next two months, Emurian studied da Vinci and his painting and proceeded to write soliloquies for the 12 apostles as they might have expressed themselves immediately after hearing Jesus say, “One of you will betray me.” When each apostle cries out, “Lord is it I?” is the moment Leonardo said he wished to capture in the picture.

Since that time, the play written by Emurian has been seen by thousands of people and is especially popular during the Lenten Season leading to Easter.

Show dates and times are March 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and March 25 at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 adult and $7.50 for children 12 and under. The play is expected to be a sell-out, so patrons are encouraged to get their tickets as early as possible by using the theater’s new automated ticketing system. This is the best way to guarantee seats and will also allow purchasers to bypass the box office line at showtime. To purchase tickets and select seats, go to the theater website at WashingtonLittleTheater.org and click the Order Tickets Here button. If you do not have access to the internet you may still call 706- 678-9582 to reserve seats. However, if using this method, please be aware that if you do not redeem/ purchase your reserved seats within 15 minutes of showtime, the theater may sell your reserved seats to other patrons as needed.

All performances will be held at the Bolton Lunceford Playhouse located at 313 N. Alexander Ave., in Washington, Georgia. Questions? Send an email to WashingtonLittle- Theater@gmail.com.

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