The experience begins with a welcome from Managing Producer Kimm Beavers and an opportunity from you as co-host to make introductory remarks.
Captivating Legal Drama: A 70-minute performance of Just Cause, co-written by the creator of The Defamation Experience Todd Logan and award-winning playwright Lisa Dillman. The play explores the highly charged issues of race, class, gender, and social justice, and is specifically designed to engage attendees on the small screen within the world of Zoom.
The Case: A white artistic director sues her former employer—a prestigious Chicago theater—for reverse discrimination after she is fired for “racial insensitivity.”
Interactive Audience Deliberation: Once the judge announces she won’t be deciding the outcome, your jurors, the audience, answer a poll in favor of the plaintiff, the defendant, or undecided. They are then led through a deliberation. Promoting attendees to the panelist role and using split screens, your audience members come to life for one another.
Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 1: Let’s Go Deeper: For 30 minutes, Ms. Beavers returns to facilitate civil discourse that challenges biases and preconceived notions. Your audience members will be able to speak up about how they felt, how what they believed initially may have been proven right or wrong, and how their own life experiences and lenses impacted their ability as a juror.
Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 2: For the past 11 years, venues have given us the feedback the conversation that began in their venue continued for days, weeks, and even months. One week after your initial event, your attendees will be invited to an hour-long follow-up conversation. Its’ another opportunity to share feelings, thoughts, and observations; another opportunity for your community to connect online.