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James Brandon
James Brandon is Co-Founder of 108 Productions and the I AM Love Campaign, and has produced and played the central role of Joshua in its international tour of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi for the past eight years. He is Co-Director of the documentary film based on their journey- Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, which will be released in 2014. For more information: and

Entries by James Brandon

The Journey of a Gay Jesus

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role of Joshua in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and...

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The 'Controversy' of Corpus Christi

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 11:14 AM

In 1998 when Terrence McNally wrote a play about a young gay Jesus, you might have thought the world was coming to an end. (You still might actually.) A few words of misinformation about the piece were written before it even opened, and suddenly a firestorm of protests filled the...

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A Very Happy Re-Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 11:13 AM

June 11 is my birthday. It is also a day recently pointed out to me, that was once the date for highest suicides. The irony and morbidity of that tidbit of knowledge did not go unnoticed. However, upon deeper reflection I felt a personal liberation in that statement...

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A.nd I. D.idn't

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:31 PM

I saw my Mother on stage tonight.

She was channeled through Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally's astoundingly poetic new play Mothers and Sons. To briefly catch you up: Tyne Daly plays Katherine Gerard, the mother of Andre who died of A.I.D.S. nearly two decades ago at the height of...

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Being Gay Is a Religious Right

(60) Comments | Posted April 20, 2014 | 10:26 PM

Playing a gay Jesus in Terrence McNally's Passion play Corpus Christi for the past eight years has taught me a lot. My daily email inbox usually contains variations on these thoughtful messages from strangers: "You're going to hell, faggot," "Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered -- Jesus hates you!" and my personal...

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Let Your Light Shine

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:04 PM

I'm looking at a candle one of my best friends made me for Christmas. On it is inscribed, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the Light." As I stare at the candle and back at this computer screen, I...

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40 Days of Lights

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Today marks the first day of Lent in most Western Christian denominations -- the beginning of a 40-day celebration within to reflect upon a desired shift, or change of story, you wish to create for your Self.

Although based on the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the...

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What Would Jesus Do? (Part 2): Forgive Your Greatest Enemy

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM

There's a new pope in town, in case you'd forgotten. Certainly the LGBT community has been at the forefront of much media attention this week as we watch history unfold before our eyes, with regard to not only marriage equality but how faith can once again play a vital role...

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What Would Jesus Do?

(320) Comments | Posted April 8, 2012 | 11:24 AM

The words "Jesus" and "gay" seem to be intertwining a lot lately. We hear it from political candidates and once-famous actors and see it on T-shirts. And while the concept of the LGBT community and the life of Christ may be new to some, it's certainly something I'm very used...

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