Just Cause: The Experience | NEW!

Introducing Just Cause: The Experience

Just Cause: The Experience is a ripped-from-the-headlines story set in the work-from-home world of the COVID-19 pandemic with backdrops like the death of George Floyd and the #MeToo movement. Once again your audience will engage together as a jury, requiring them to lean in and not only decide the fate of the plaintiff and the defendant but, more importantly, contemplate the most pressing social issues of today. Launched in the summer of 2021, this brand-new program is already making an impact at colleges & universities, law firms, and businesses large and small.
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Here’s The Story:

With the power of theater and civil discourse, Your audience will adjudicate a captivating 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.” The issues explored throughout the case lead into facilitated discussion about how we each view these topics in today’s society and in our own lives.

Case Study: Corgan

Corgan, a global architecture and design firm, worked with us twice in 2021 to bring Just Cause: The Experience to their interns, then again with an all-employee audience as part of their DEI-focused “Allyship Is An Action” program.

Case Study: Episcopal Day School

As a Telepresence event, faculty & staff at Episcopal Day School were able to share Just Cause: The Experience in the same physical space while we delivered each phase of the program virtually. Audience members were able to address their peers and leaders in person as they discussed issues related to race, gender, and power.

Convenient Programming Formats To Meet Your Organization’s Needs

Just Cause: The Experience

— Your Audience Is The Jury —

Event Type: OnlineBring your audience together from wherever they’re located, offering everyone a front-row seat in a 100% virtual experience — ideal for remote learning and remote working environments.
Event Type: TelepresenceDeliver our virtual program to your live audience — ideal for live audiences in a single location or in several rooms/venues simultaneously as a hybrid experience.
Event-Type: In-Person FacilitationNEW: You now have the option to have one of our expert facilitators join your audience in-person to guide your audience through all 3 phases of the program. Following a digital presentation of the film, our facilitator will lead live voting and deliberation and a post-show discussion tailored for your organization.
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Flexible Scheduling Options

One-Time Event: An all-encompassing event with all 3 phases of the experience presented together.

FLEX Event: Attendees will be able to view the film on their own within 48 hours leading up to a scheduled deliberation and discussion.

Custom Program: We’re happy to work with your scheduling and programming needs to customize our online programming for your organization.

Follow-Up Discussion (Optional): Invite your attendees back to rejoin our expert facilitators and continue the conversation after they’ve had time to think and process.

Break the barriers of diversity programming —

Your organization can have robust, open & honest conversations about today’s most difficult topics:
  • Racial Insensitivity
  • Cancel Culture & Social Media
  • Incrementalism Vs. Systemic Change
  • Code Switching
  • Ageism & Sexism
  • Reverse Discrimination
  • The Value Of A Contract
  • Workplace Drama
  • Public Accountability
  • The Definition Of “Diversity”
Just Cause: The Experience builds on the proven engagement model established over 11 years running The Defamation Experience, where we’ve helped begin meaningful, long-lasting conversations at colleges & universities, law firms & bar associations, civic & religious organizations, and more.

It’s an ideal solution for your diversity programming needs:

Staff training, MLK & diversity week events, first-year experiences & orientation, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, community outreach, keynote presentations, and more.
Ready to bring this compelling, fully immersive experience to your organization?

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 optimized to engage attendees individually on Zoom or on a large screen in your venue.

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: Let’s Go Deeper: Our facilitator returns after the deliberation to guide civil discourse that challenges biases and preconceived notions. Your audience members will be led in conversation that goes beyond the case to exchange personal perspectives about how they see these important issues based on their own lenses and life experiences.

Facilitated Follow-Up Discussion (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. It’s 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.

The Defamation Experience is hosted on Zoom, so you and your audience members should have access to the Zoom platform.

You and your audience members should each have a working webcam and microphone in order to participate in jury deliberations and post-show discussions in our online events. For Telepresence events, we will setup technical pre-work to help you setup your digitally-connected venue(s) for an optimal experience.