Our brand-new diversity program offering — Just Cause: The Experience — will be available beginning May 1, 2021.

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Introducing Just Cause: The Experience

Racial insensitivity, George Floyd protests, anti-racism training, workplace diversity, sexism, and the role of theater in American life come under scrutiny in Just Cause: The Experience, co-written by Todd Logan, the creator of The Defamation Experience, and award-winning  playwright, Lisa Dillman.

 Just Cause: The Experience builds on the engagement model established over 11 years running The Defamation Experience, once again challenging audiences to act as jurors. Your audience will adjudicate a legal drama about an artistic director who is suing her former employer—a prestigious Chicago Theater—for breach of contract after firing her for “racial insensitivity.”

Three-Phase Online Experience

The Play
The Deliberation
Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 1
Facilitated Post-Show Discussion — Part 2 [Optional]

At the intersection of race, class, gender, and social justice, a conversation begins.

Just Cause: The Experience is set in the work-from-home world of the COVID-19 pandemic with backdrops like the #MeToo movement and the death of George Floyd. Your audience will engage together within a compelling, fully immersive virtual experience.

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Summary: A Brand-New Three-Phase Online & Interactive Diversity Opportunity

The experience begins with a welcome from one of our expert facilitators 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, our facilitator returns to guide 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 (Optional): 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.

Tech Requirements

The minimal tech requirements for Just Cause: The Experience are likely already met by your infrastructure for online/distance learning or meetings within your organization.

Just Cause: The Experience is hosted on Zoom. You and your audience members must be able to access the Zoom platform.

You and your audience members each need a working webcam and microphone in order to participate in jury deliberations and post-show discussions.

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