About The Defamation Experience

Since its premier in 2010, The Defamation Experience has been performed over 550 times for universities, law schools, bar associations, high schools, civic and religious organizations, and theaters across the country, where it has been seen by more than 150,000 people.

DefEx Online

A Four-Phase Online Interactive Diversity Program For Your Audience. Learn More

The Film.

Your attendees will see a 70-minute recording of the riveting courtroom drama by award-winning playwright Todd Logan explores the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender, and the law.

The Deliberation.

The twist: your audience is the jury.
Your organization will be polled with three options, finding for the plaintiff, for the defendant, or undecided. Attendees can then virtually raise their hand and be promoted to panelist to give their thoughts and opinions on the case and its outcome. After a concensus of voices have been heard, a second poll will decide the outcome of the trial.

Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 1.

Immediately following deliberation and the verdict, our expert facilitators lead a post show discussion where audiences engage in civil discourse that drives self-examination and challenges bias and preconceived notions. For the last 10 years, we’ve continously heard that these conversations last for days, weeks, and months.

Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 2.

With DefEx Online, we’ve introduced a Follow-Up Post-Show Discussion, inviting your attendees back a week later to rejoin our expert facilitators and continue the conversation after they’ve had more time to think and process.


Scheduling Options

DefEx Online One-Time Event: An all-encompassing one-time event scheduled for 2 hours. Part 2 of the facilitated post-show discussion will be scheduled aproximately one week later.

DefEx Online FLEX Event: Attendees will be able to view the film on their own within 48 hours leading up to a scheduled deliberation and discussion. Part 2 of the facilitated post-show discussion will be scheduled aproximately one week later.

DefEx Online Custom Program: We’re happy to work with your scheduling and programming needs to customize our online programming for your organization. Contact us to get started.

The Defamation Experience Live

Bring the live three-phase theatrical experience to your audience at your own venue. Learn More

The Defamation Experience - LIVE

The Play.

Ms. Wade, an African-American business owner, is suing Mr. Golden, a Jewish real estate developer, for defamation. What follows is a 75-minute riveting courtroom drama by award-winning playwright Todd Logan that explores the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender, and the law.

The Deliberation.

The twist: your audience is the jury.
The judge takes a poll from the audience finding for the plaintiff, for the defendant, or undecided. Then, the judge leads a deliberation for at least 15 minutes. After a concensus of voices have been heard, there will be a second poll to determine the outcome of the trial.

The Discussion.

Immediately following deliberation and the verdict, our expert facilitators lead a post-show discussion where audiences engage in civil discourse that drives self-examination and challenges bias and preconceived notions. For the last 10 years, we’ve continously heard that these conversations last for days, weeks, and months.

"THE DEFAMATION EXPERIENCE was honestly the best event I ever booked."

Ashleigh Taylor
Specialist for Educational Programming, Diversity Advocate, Illinois State University

"This, to me, was about starting the conversation."

Troy Riddle
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

"...an effective resource to create dialogue to bridge the racial divide."

WIlliam H. Smith, Ed. D.
Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity, Boston, MA

The Defamation Experience brings a unique opportunity for your community to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. Conversations started in your organization will last for days, weeks and months.

An ideal diversity program appropriate for a myriad of audiences and events:

  • Corporations
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Features
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Professional Development
  • Faculty & Staff Programming
  • Law Schools & Bar Associations
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits
  • Civic & Cultural Organizations
  • High School Programs
  • Diversity Conferences & Summits
  • Diversity Programming
  • Diversity Week
  • First-Year Orientation & Experiences
  • Orientation Programming
  • Community Outreach
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Houses of Worship

…and more. Let’s get in touch today to see how we can bring the power of theater, civil discourse, and lasting conversations to your organization.

Get In Touch

Reach out to Managing Producer Kimm Beavers to get started today.