(Feb. 17-Mar. 13) — He was the ACLU lawyer to beat all ACLU lawyers, and his middle name was Moses. And that hair: wild, even rebellious, ballooning out over his ears — right out of the counterculture ’60s. At a time when the ACLU lawyers camped out at JFK helping detained immigrants have become heroes to half (plus three million) of the country, the revival of Jeffrey Sweet’s play about William Kunstler hits at a particularly ripe moment. The fiery lawyer with the dressed-down look had his “comfortable Westchester life” changed forever in 1961 when the ACLU called and asked if he’d pitch in to help some jailed Freedom Riders down in Mississippi. He went on to defend the Chicago Seven, the American Indian Movement, the Black Panther Party and the prison rioters at Attica. Was Kunstler, who died in 1995, a radical or a fearless defender of people’s Constitutional rights? Sweet’s play stars Jeff McCarthy as Kunstler and Nambi E. Kelley as his legal assistant. — Robert Goldblum, The Jewish Week
Tue, Wed, Thu at 7:15, Fri at 8:15
Sat at 2:15 & 8:15, Sun at 3:15 & 7:15
No Performances Sun Feb 26 or Sunday March 12 at 7:15 pm
Special talkbacks after the show:
February 28 — Ronald L. Kuby, Esq., former intern and informal partner in William Kunstler's Firm.
March 2 — Elizabeth McAlister Berrigan, wife of the late Philip Berrigan. She and the Berrigan brothers, Daniel and Philip were incarcerated for their actions of peaceful protest against the Vietnam War at Catonsville and Harrisburg.
March 7 — Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler, daughters of William Kunstler and co-founders of Off Center Media, a production company that produces documentaries exposing injustice in the criminal justice system.
March 9 — Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights.