Sin: A Cardinal Deposed Is a Hit Docu-Drama in Chicago, Poised for a Wide Regional Life

News   Sin: A Cardinal Deposed Is a Hit Docu-Drama in Chicago, Poised for a Wide Regional Life
Bailiwick Repertory's production of Michael Murphy's Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, a staging of public record information about Cardinal Bernard Law's hand in the Catholic church sex-abuse scandal, has been extended to May 12 in Chicago.

Rave reviews and an article in the New York Times have prompted overflow business, and a wide life in regional theatres — to say nothing of conferences, abuse-survivor meetings, and elsewhere — is expected. The production has been invited to play in Boston, Cardinal Law's turf, May 15-22.

Director and Bailiwick founder David Zak said there is talk of keeping a sitdown run in Chicago during the summer even as the script is being sent to theatres and directors around the country. As is the case with many world premieres at tiny Bailiwick, Zak won't necessarily be attached to future stagings once the property becomes licensed.

The Jeff Recommended production continues on with its original cast, with designs by Jared Moore (lights), Christopher Behrens (costumes), and Tom Burch (set).

Performances play Wednesdays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday April 11.

James Sherman, who recently starred in Bailiwick's annual family musical The Christmas Schooner, plays Cardinal Bernard Law.   Patrick Rybarczyk plays attorney Mitchell Garabedian in Act I, in the matter of Father John Geoghan. Mark A. Steel plays attorney Roderick MacLeish, Jr. in Act II, in the matter of Father Paul Shanley. Naomi Landman, Steve Best, and Patrick Gannon play multiple characters — lawyers, survivors, and others involved with the case. Sin "is 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," according to Bailiwick. "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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