The Island: Post-Show with Jennifer Marsch
Jennifer Marsch is an attorney at Smith, Johnson, & Antholt, a civil rights law firm in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Jennifer concentrates her practice on cases where police officers have abused their official power. Her recent successes include helping secure a six-figure verdict for a young man who was falsely arrested and charged for a crime that he did not commit.
This post-show discussion immediately followed the performance of The Island, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's current mainstage show. Athol Fugard's daring drama is set in an unnamed prison based on the one where Nelson Mandela was held. John and Winston are cellmates who spend their days doing back-breaking labor, and their nights rehearsing Sophocles' Antigone to present to their fellow inmates. When John learns his sentence is being reduced, the men's friendship is tested. Fugard plays the parallels between Antigone's fight against political and patriarchal boundaries off of the imprisoned men's fight for their dignity. The Island is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.
Recorded Saturday, February 06, 2010 at The Greenhouse Theater.