Off-Broadway's New Group to Get Chicago Hit Sin: A Cardinal Deposed

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Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Michael Murphy's docudrama, based on public records surrounding the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, which was a hit in Chicago, will be presented by The New Group Off-Broadway in 2004-05, the New York Times reported.

Bailiwick Repertory's lauded Chicago production of Sin will soon travel to Boston, the hometown of its main character, Cardinal Bernard Law, June 9-27. In Boston, Sin plays at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA.

Since its Windy City world premiere in March, the play has received both audience and critical acclaim. It's expected to have a wide regional life.

Bailiwick will be bringing the entire original Chicago cast to Boston.  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, while 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 — will take over in Chicago while the first cast is on the road.

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."

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