Corpus Christi is a passion play by Terrence McNally dramatizing the story of Christ and the Apostles. It is highly controversial due to its depiction of Christ and the Apostles as gay men living in modern day Texas. It contrasts modern devices like television with anachronisms like Roman occupation. This Judas betrays Jesus (in this version known as Joshua) because of sexual jealousy.
It received both critical acclaim for its exploration of gay themes in Christianity and widespread condemnation for what many view as blasphemy. It was directed in New York City by Joe Mantello, opening October 13, 1998.
McNally, Terrence. Corpus Christi. Grove Press, 1999. 82 pp. ISBN 0802136354