This Thursday, experience what it is likely to be a phalange on the swift hand of justice. Sponsored by Diversity Advocacy, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the ISU Law Club, “Defamation” will be performed from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bone Student Center Prairie Room, and the audience will be cast as the jury.
“Defamation” depicts a case where an African-American woman, who is working hard to secure a bright future, is attempting to sue a successful Jewish businessman for — you guessed it — defamation.
Ashley Taylor, a diversity programming specialist at the Diversity Advocacy unit of the Dean of Students Office, thinks “Defamation” will be a rewarding and entertaining experience for students.
“[Defamation] will give them the opportunity to challenge their perceptions about race, class and religion,” Taylor said. “It will educate students on the impact of these issues on laws. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, they can see how these cases are run in a court of law.”
Within the trial, many issues will be raised and focused upon such as race, gender, social class and religion. As the jury, those in the audience will be encouraged to voice their own opinions about the controversial topics at hand as well as discuss their own experiences.
“The audience will be able to be the jury. There are a lot of aspects of diversity, so students can critically think and come up with a verdict,” Taylor said.
This eye-opening play will be 70 minutes long, plus a 15 minute break for discussion time, so the audience-turned-jury can reach a decision.
After the play, the ruling viewers can stay to discuss the issues raised with the cast of “Defamation” and the playwright, Todd Logan. Taylor says that the play will be a popular event.
“It’s going to be a really great play and it will be highly attended, so be sure to get there early,” Taylor said.
If you like law, theatrical events or controversial debates, “Defamation” will surely entertain you. Get there before the gavel sounds, and spend your Thursday night learning a little bit about diversity.