Community Play Reading: Execution of Justice

A New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Online Event

FRIDAY, MAY 22 at 6:30PM


McCarter Theatre Center, in collaboration with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, invites any and all people to join in a virtual community reading of McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann’s award-winning docudrama Execution of Justice.

The documentary play chronicles the murder trial of Dan White, who, in 1978, assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and openly-gay City Supervisor Harvey Milk. Crafted entirely from trial transcripts, reportage, interviews, and words from “the street,” the play examines historical, yet timely, issues of civil/human rights, legal vs. judicial justice, the miscarriage of justice, and political violence in America.

The reading — which falls on the 90th Anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk — will be followed by a facilitated talking-circle discussion of the experience of the play in relation to contemporary concerns, events, and personal resonance.

No experience in community play readings or preparation is necessary at all to participate. Electronic copies of the play will be provided prior to the reading date.

All are invited, but registration is required. Please be sure to read all the information detailed in the online form.



The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice is a community activist center, educational enclave, and safe space for LGBTQIA kids, intersectional families, and all marginalized people. BRCSJ HQ is located in Princeton, New Jersey, wherein it connects and celebrates our beautifully diverse communities both locally and nationally.


This event is supported in part by Stages Online, a partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to bring theatre content into homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Stages Online is made possible by generous funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.


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