On Holy Thursday in 2017,
the Paoli United Methodist Church presented
the Last Supper as a play.
Eric Harmon introduced the play and provided some
information about Leonardo da Vinci's mural painting
from the 1490s.
He also related the painting and the story of
the Last Supper to
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
The play opened in an upper room,
with a table set for dinner.
The disciples then entered, took their seats,
and told the audience what the Bible says
about their characters.
James the Lesser
Simon the Zealot
Alternate / Stage Manager
Mary Alice Radcliff
Paoli United Methodist Church
Dee Ann Harmon
Darrell Newkirk as Andrew.
The Greek name Andreia was common among
the people of Judea, and no Hebrew or Aramaic name
is recorded for him.
He is said to have been martyred on an X-shaped cross,
the basis of the flag of Scotland.
Jim Bowen as Peter, one of the first disciples
called by Jesus.
A bold man, eyewitness to many of Jesus' miracles,
his name was Simon but Jesus called him
Petros, "The Rock", for which we English
speakers say Peter.
David Foster as Matthew.
Matthew could write as he was a tax collector
before following Jesus.
He became the first man to present to the world,
in the Hebrew language,
an account of the teaching of Jesus.
Frank Barnett as Thaddeus,
also known as Judas Thaddaeus.
He and Bartholomew are credited with bringing
Christianity to Armenia, which in the year 301
became the first nation to accept Christianity
as a state religion.
Aaron Hannon as James.
James and his brother John were known as the
"sons of thunder."
They had been fishermen, called by Jesus
to become "fishers of men".
Mike Benham as John, "the beloved disciple".
He was the only one of the disciples to remain
at the foot of the cross on Calvary.
Tradition says that he outlived the other disciples
and was the only one to die a natural death.
Billy Vincent as Judas, the betrayer.
The son of Simon, from Judah, he had been the
outspoken treasurer of the group.
He betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver,
and shortly afterwards hanged himself.
James Faulkner as Simon the Zealot.
Little is known about Simon beyond the fact that he
lived in Galilee and had been a member of the Zealots.
That was a political movement which sought to incite
the people of Judaea to rebel against the Roman Empire
and expel it from the Holy Land by force.
Darek Newkirk as Jesus.
Jerry Stroud as Thomas.
Willie Bosley as James the Lesser,
known by long-standing tradition as the son of
Howard Detweiler as Philip.
He preached through Syria, Asia Minor, and Greece,
and was martyred at Hierapolis in western Anatolia.
The evening closed with Pastor LaMont serving communion
first to the disciples and then to everyone present.
There was a large crowd of our members plus