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Darrow starring John Burnstein
October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A limited engagement run of the one man show, Darrow will be performed at the Basil Burwell Community Theater in Belfast On October 14 & 15 at 7pm and October 16 at 2pm. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Belfast Maskers, Meals On Wheels, Restorative Justice and Habitat for Humanity.
The play, by David Rintels, portrays famous attorney Clarence Darrow, social activist and champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials. His cases included the Scopes “Monkey” trial (inspiring the movie “Inherit the Wind,” starring Spencer Tracy) and the murder trial of Leopold and Loeb.
The play stars John Burstein whose work as an actor, playwright and producer has spanned over forty years. It includes the creation the costumed character Slim Goodbody who appeared on Captain Kangaroo, PBS, Nickelodeon and Discovery. John has worked with Greenpeace on an environmental special co-produced with several nations around the world, and with HBO. Locally, John wrote, produced and directed two recent musicals – “Bingo Queen” and “The Night Kitchen.” He portrayed Prospero in Camden’s Shakespeare Festival’s “The Tempest,” and Scrooge in John Bielenberg’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”
Regarding Darrow, John says, “As you experience the play about a lawyer who spoke a century ago ‘for the poor, the weak, and the weary’ I believe you will be faced with an uncomfortable truth. Change the names, adjust a few of the details and you could be reading about these cases in your morning paper. Violence, religious intolerance, wage inequality, racial prejudice, However, I believe as Dr. Martin Luther King said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,’ and that the real hope lies in the millions of small acts of kindness and love that happen every day.