Kunstler is a two-character play about the radical attorney famous for defending the Chicago 7 and his involvement at Attica and Wounded Knee. He had an outsized personality and a tremendous appetite for life. In this play, he appears at a law school to give a seminar to young lawyers-to-be and has an unanticipated encounter with a young woman who has reasons to be angry with him.
Kunstler premiered in Westchester at Hudson Stage in 2013. The New York Times praised it as "wise and revealing" and "skillful," and the local paper, the Journal News, called it "glavanizing," "riveting," and "stirring." It was presented at the 2014 New York Fringe Festival where it played to sold out houses and garnered further praise.
Broadway veteran Jeff McCarthy embodies William Kunstler, joined by the awardwinning Nambi E. Kelley as his seminar host. Director Meagen Fay is an alum of the legendary Second City of Chicago and a performer on and off Broadway and in countless TV shows.
As it happens, Meagen's uncle was an associate of Kunstler on the Chicago 7 trial and she grew up referring to him as Uncle Bill. (She also attended some of the trial.)
Both previous productions were warmly received by a number of people who knew Kunstler. Two of his daughters, his law partner, people he defended and a reporter with whom he had an ongoing relationship all came to see the show and were enthusiastic.
Opening February 17, 2017 at Off Broadway's 59E59 Theatre !!!
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