Reality is stranger than fiction when seven 1960s radicals refuse to behave in Judge Julius Hoffman's courtroom. Based on actual trial transcripts and starring a cast of top Chicago actors, this play centers on events following the protests and riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
David Schwimmer (Friends) and George Murdock (Barney Miller, Battlestar Gallactica, Star Trek) head the L.A. Theatre Works presentation of Peter Goodchild's adaptation from court transcripts of the reality-is-much-stranger-than-fiction that passed as the famous 1969 trial of "The Chicago Eight". That prosecution of the men accused of inciting the riots surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago featured the most colorful cast of characters, controversies, and proceedings in America's, if not the world's, judicial history. Its re-creation, however, is not just history but also commentary, comedy, and drama.
New York Festivals Award, 1993
"This is drama documentary at its finest." (The Sunday Times of London)
"A brilliant reconstruction of the bizarre trial." (The Sunday Telegraph)
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Outstanding work that gives a sense of the time
- D. Littman "history buff"