When Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi debuted in 1998, an unholy scandal erupted over the depiction of a Christ-like figure named Joshua and his disciples as homosexuals. Protestors troubled the Manhattan Theater Club, and the staff received death threats--at one point, MTC even announced the show's cancellation. Perhaps cheeks have turned in the intervening decade, and now audiences can concentrate on the play's more liturgical--er, literary--aspects. Unlike the premiere, the Rattlestick revival won't require spectators to file through a metal detector and will also feature women among the disciples. L.A. company Theater 108 Productions will donate the proceeds to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, thereby living up to the play's creed: "God loves us most when we love each other."
Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Oct. 26, 2008