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IU Northwest to present racially charged play, ‘Defamation,’ Nov. 7

In unique fashion, audience serves as jury in courtroom drama

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Indiana University Northwest’s Office of Diversity Programming invites the campus and community to a free presentation of Defamation, a dramatic play which raises provocative questions on race, class and religion.

The production, written by Evanston playwright Todd Logan, is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

This production is an old-fashioned courtroom drama with a twist: The audience serves as jury. The premise is a civil suit; an African-American professional woman sues a Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The legal issue is whether or not she was falsely accused of theft and if the accusation caused her financial harm. 

The trial runs for 70 minutes followed by a 15-minute audience deliberation led by the judge. The judge will poll the audience twice – before and after the deliberation – with the final vote deciding the outcome of the trial.

The event is open to all IU Northwest students, faculty and staff, as well as community groups and advocates of race relations.

The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway.

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For more information, contact Phyllis Barlow at (219) 980-6596 or

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