The play, DEFAMATION, is coming to campus on November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm, in the Student Union Theatre. This is a great opportunity and experience for all students. Seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. Students do not need to sign up or get tickets and the play is free of charge.
DEFAMATION is an old-fashioned courtroom drama. The premise is a civil suit: A South Side African-American woman sues a Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The legal issue is whether or not she was falsely accused of stealing his watch and causing her financial harm. The trial runs 70 minutes. What follows is a 15-minute audience deliberation led by the judge. The judge polls the audience twice – before the deliberation begins and at its end. The final vote ‘for the plaintiff’ or ‘for the defendant’ decides the outcome of the trial.
DEFAMATION is a play that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, audiences engage in civil discourse that challenges pre-conceived notions.