As part of its popular “…And Justice for All” series, MCC will host the nationally acclaimed Todd Logan show, “Defamation: The Play,” a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist – the audience is the jury.
More than a play, the show is a unique opportunity for the community to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. 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. A 15-minute audience deliberation led by the judge follows, with the audience being polled twice. The final vote decides the outcome of the trial.
The seventh event in the two-year history of MCC’s “…And Justice For All” series, “Defamation: The Play” takes place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in MCC’s Overbrook Theater. The event is free. MCC students and faculty, as well as community members are encouraged to attend and participate.
Dr. John Selmon, vice president for student services and administration at MCC, will offer brief remarks about the origin of the “…And Justice For All” series at MCC and share a schedule of upcoming events. For more information, call (231) 777-0266.
For more background on the play, which has been performed more than 160 times to over 30,000 people since its November 2010 premiere in Evanston, Ill., visit http://www.defamationtheplay.com/about.html