Illusion Theater to Present NAKED DARROW, 4/3-12

Illusion Theater to Present NAKED DARROW, 4/3-12

The Illusion Theater presents the recent off-Broadway production of NAKED DARROW April 3-12 at the downtown Minneapolis theater, located on the eighth floor of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave. This solo piece, written and performed by Gary Anderson, is a provocative look at the legendary lawyer who took on racism, social injustice and the death penalty in the first decades of the 1900s. After each performance, leading legal experts will be on hand for post-show discussions focused on a variety of related topics, including Randall Tietjen, editor of In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow's Letters and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Scopes Trial scholar Edward Larson (Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, 1997).

Best known for defending infamous killers Leopold and Loeb and going head-to-head with William Jennings Bryan on the Scopes "Monkey" trial, Darrow was America's most admired-and despised-lawyer. Set in the later years of Darrow's life as he is packing up his office, the fierce litigator and champion of the underdog reveals thoughts about his cases, his public persona and his very private life. Celebrating his triumphs and exposing his personal demons, Darrow now stubbornly faces his two greatest opponents: disease and death.

This re-envisioned production offers a revised script from the original Park Square Theatre commission, which was presented as a 2011 workshop production on its St. Paul stage. Illusion Producing Director Michael Robins directs this show.

Tickets for Naked Darrow are $20-40. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people. Tickets are available at the Illusion Theater Box Office at 612-339-4944 or online at

PHOTO CREDIT: Petronella Ytsma

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