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 Courtroom Drama: A 70-minute film of Defamation, created by award-winning playwright Todd Logan, filmed by award-winning HMS Media. The play explores the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender, and the law while the film production is optimized to engage attendees individually on Zoom or on a large screen in your venue.
The Case: An African-American owner of a small business sues a wealthy real estate developer for defamation after she is accused of stealing his family heirloom. There is no smoking gun.
Interactive Audience Deliberation: Once the judge announces he 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. Its’ another opportunity to share feelings, thoughts, and observations; another opportunity for your community to connect online.