Sin: A Cardinal Deposed Plays Scandal's Hometown, Boston, June 9-27

News   Sin: A Cardinal Deposed Plays Scandal's Hometown, Boston, June 9-27
Bailiwick Repertory Theatre's lauded Chicago production of Sin: A Cardinal Deposed begins an engagement in Boston — hometown of its main character, Cardinal Bernard Law — June 9.
Jim Sherman in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed
Jim Sherman in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed

On June 7, the production won 2004 Jeff Citations Awards in Chicago for Michael Murphy (in the category of New Adaptation) and actor Jim Sherman (for Principal Actor Play), who created the role of the Catholic leader who testifies about the Catholic sex abuse scandal that rocked his diocese.

The Chicago production, directed by Bailiwick artistic director David Zak, plays Boston with its Windy City cast intact: Jim Sherman plays Cardinal Bernard Law; Patrick Rybarczyk portrays attorney Mitchell Garabedian in Act I, in the matter of Father John Geoghan; and Mark A. Steel portrays attorney Roderick MacLeish, Jr. in Act II, in the matter of Father Paul Shanley; Steve Best portrays J. Owen Todd, attorney for Cardinal Law; Naomi Landman and Patrick Gannon play multiple characters — lawyers, survivors, and others involved with the case.

A second cast — featuring Gene Cordon as Cardinal Law — has taken over in Chicago while the first cast is on the road. Performances at the Regent Theatre continue to June 27.

Since its Windy City world premiere in March, Michael Murphy's docudrama, based on public records surrounding the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, the play has received both audience and critical acclaim, and a lot of press. It's expected to have a wide regional life. An Off-Broadway run by The New Group has been announced for fall 2004.

In Boston, Sin plays Wednesdays-Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM & 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA. Tickets are $30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and $40 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (781) 646 4849.


Boston theatre critic Ed Siegel raved about the Chicago run, as did other national and local writers.

The play 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.  This searing and emotional work is comprised entirely of testimony taken from the Cardinal's deposition in this case involving hundreds of priests and victims, and a case that still ricochets in today's headlines."

For tickets and information for Chicago performances, call (773) 883-1090 or

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