Rochester, NY

That time I played Judas in a 1st Grade Production of "The Last Supper" at St. Peter and Paul's

Herbie J Pilato
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I was born and raised on Erie Street near Brown Square Park in the inner city of Rochester. I attended St. Peter and Paul's Catholic School on Brown Street, and in the spring of 1967, on April 24 and 25, I portrayed the apostle "Judas" in a First Grade, Easter production of The Last Supper.

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The Last Supper also featured Stephen Gramatica as Jesus, John Giambrone as Peter, and so many other of my terrific classmates (see photo above for entire list). The production was performed in the basement auditorium of St. Peter and Paul's School, which was associated with the beautiful St. Peter and Paul Church, the building for which was and remains located on West Main Street (near the historic Susan B. Anthony home).


I remember fondly my experience of performing in The Last Supper, though I had only one line. As the somewhat cantankerous traitor Judas, another disciple had somehow taken my seat at the table. At which point, I approached him, and said, "Get up. That's my chair."

And such was my acting debut.

[This article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events directly experienced by the author.]

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including the newly-published CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY biography, the revised BIONIC BOOK, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, and more. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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