Pagan priestesses unveil a web of intrigue, betrayal and redemption in this Gnostic rock re-imagining of the Passion of Christ. The dysfunctional relationships, marriages and political machinations of two dynastic families intertwine to shape Jesus' final days in this female-centric rock musical about the Bible's bad girls, Mary Magdalene and Salome Herodias, and the guitar playing messiah they follow.
Holy Whores and Heretics the Secret Life of Mary Magdalene is a 6-hour micro budget rock musical mini-series that restores the feminine voice to the Jesus narrative.
Combining the soaring romanticism of Shakespearean and Greco-Roman plays, with the musical theater of Jesus Christ Superstar, and modern absurdist humor of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Holy Whores and Heretics entertains and enlightens.
Using plot elements from Henry Lincoln’s “Holy Blood, Holy Grail,”(Dan Brown’s source material for ‘DaVinci Code’) Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Robert Towne’s “Chinatown,” this rocking film trilogy is a tale of incest, ambition, star-crossed love and betrayal.
Expect equal amounts Gnostic wisdom from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi library, Eastern philosophy, Psychedelic Shamanism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts, and Secret Initiation Rites.
Each installment draws upon niche youth subcultures such as Fireplay, Tribal Belly Dance, Cirque du Soleil-style Acroyoga, silk Trapeze, rope Shibari, edgy, fetish-y, piercing-hook Suspensions, and more!
Musically, we mine a rich trove of psychedelic rock music, drawing on surf, worldbeat, ambient, folk, classic rock, Gothic, Broadway pop, ska, gypsy, klezmer, and girl group genres.
Micro Budget Distribution
Holy Whores and Heretics is a $150,000 micro-budget 6-hour miniseries seeking a distributor for a limited release and cable or streaming distribution. Holy Whores and Heretics can be re-cut into 42 minute or one-hour segments with the addition of series title credits and theme music from the soundtrack. A small infusion of $18,000 would permit some of the plot’s more ambitious set pieces to be constructed and captured in camera, or created using visual effects. These plot elements, plus 3-hours of narrative and songs, have been omitted from the working version of Holy Whores and Heretics.
Holy Whores and Heretics is fully developed and ready to re-cast and re-shoot for cable or streaming platforms at enhanced studio budgets. Two more seasons are in development that follow the characters to France, and fast-forward to Middle Ages to recount tales of the Cathars and the struggle between the Pope and French Heretics.
Rich language, complex relationships and relatable characters give this 9-hour story teeth, and the gravitas of “Game of Thrones.” Pathos is leavened with humor, and lengthy chat-fests nicely balanced with songs, cast spectacles, dancers, fire jugglers, acrobats and gymnasts, and gorgeous exteriors.
The rock soundtrack is au currant for today’s sophisticated audience, to attract A-list Rock and Roll and Broadway talent. A cast of proven acting talent with vocal chops (say, Jared Leto and Amy Adams) will attract a budget, studio, and the youth audience, paving the way for collateral marketing of soundtrack LPs, CDs, retail costumes, tee shirts.
Cosplay encouraged! Holy Whores and Heretics was written for the stage in three parts, like Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Two stages can easily be re-dressed to accommodate the action throughout, with a staged outdoor area for some exteriors. Single-night performances can be accomplished by staging three areas simultaneously, as audiences choose their experience, and return for a different perspective. A live band provides soundtrack, as audience members interact with cast wearing headsets in a set-designed immersion environment where costumed audience members become part of the living theater.