A professional black female business owner is invited to the home of a successful Jewish man for a potential business project. After the meeting, he realizes that his family heirloom watch is gone. Thereby hinges the story of Defamation, wherein this very dilemma leads to a riveting courtroom encounter that illuminates our common perceptions about race, religion and class. In this case, the plaintiff is Ms. Wade, a professional black woman from the South Side of Chicago. The defendant is Mr. Golden, a successful North Shore businessman who is Jewish. The play opens with Judge Adrian Barnes laying out the case as well as the stakes involved. Following testimony from each side plus a key witness, the judge tells the audience he’s not going to adjudicate the case; the audience will be the jury. He polls them once. The judge then leads the audience in a 15-minute deliberation. He polls the audience a second time. The result decides the evening’s trial. The case is not a simple “he said, she said.” There are twists and turns that keep the audience on their toes. A case without a smoking gun, Defamation challenges our preconceived notions about race, class, religion and even the law. As audience members and then jurors, we learn as much or more about ourselves as we learn about the plaintiff and the defendant.
NotesFor more information, a study guide, videos and more, visit the official Defamation website.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code DH1000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781619591912
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