Sin of the Fathers: Docudrama Recounts Cardinal Law's Scandal Testimony, Starting March 1 in Chicago

News   Sin of the Fathers: Docudrama Recounts Cardinal Law's Scandal Testimony, Starting March 1 in Chicago
The sexual abuse scandal that has jolted the foundation of the Catholic church in America comes under new scrutiny with the world premiere of Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, using public-record testimony of Cardinal Bernard F. Law.

Michael Murphy's work, drawing on court records and other accounts, begins March 1 at Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago. Bailiwick's founding artistic director David Zak directs.

The piece is billed as "a collage of testimonies of, by and surrounding Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the Catholic leader whose governance of his diocese was questioned and scrutinized when years of sexual abuse by diocesan priests finally came to light."

The work attempts to examine "our dedication to religion, our faith in our legal system and the strength of our own convictions in the words of Cardinal Law himself."

James Sherman plays Cardinal Bernard Law. Patrick Rybarczyk plays attorney Roderick MacLeish, Jr. and Mark A. Steel plays attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

Oher cast members — Naomi Landman, Patrick Gannon and Steve Best — play a variety of participants. Sin continues to April 11.

Michael Murphy's play, The Debating Society, was workshopped at Denver Center Theatre's TheatreFest and received its world premiere by THiS Theatre Company in January 2004 at Altered Stages in New York City.  His play, The Uninvited Guest, premiered in January 2003 at the Mint Space in New York by Emerging Artists Theatre Company.  Red Light District received a workshop production in November at the Vortex Theatre, New York.  Lions on the Nile won a Brown Foundation grant for historical drama.  His other plays include The Altar Boy, The Book of Jeremy (White-Willis New Play Award) and My Mother Danced with Frank Sinatra.

He is a company playwright with Emerging Artists Theatre.

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