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Joint benefit for The Oak Park Regional Housing Center & Oak Park Festival Theatre
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30PM
Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake Street
Reception to follow immediately after the performance
Woodchuck Justice is a comedy based on America’s First Death Row Exoneration. All of the events are true. The play is about how little the truth sometimes matters to our view of History. To tell the story, small town Historian recruits six unlikely volunteers to help her re-enact a True Crime Drama from 1819 in which murder victim comes back to life.
The players are chosen for their similarity to the real people they portray. They are a Minister, a Politician, a Carnival Barker, a Newsman, a Bartender, and a Gossip. None of the real eyewitnesses from history ever really agreed with each other. Soon the Players are all fighting for their own version of the facts. Despite the moments of genuine sadness, the goal is essentially to lighten up this dark subject in order to look at the absurdity of this event in a way today’s media saturated audiences can enjoy. It’s a historical satire or a documentary farce of justice. Try not to take this too seriously. It’s only murder.