Murder in the First
by Dan Gordon

Productions (1)
  • Drama
  • 100 - 105 minutes
  • 2 f, 11 m, 3 either (15-18 actors possible: 2-5 f, 11-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Suggested locations include a courtroom, lawyers' offices, and a prison cell.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-278-9

Murder in the First
by Dan Gordon

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Productions (1)
  • Drama
  • 100 - 105 minutes
  • 2 f, 11 m, 3 either (15-18 actors possible: 2-5 f, 11-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Suggested locations include a courtroom, lawyers' offices, and a prison cell.

In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement. Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.

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In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement. Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.

  • Drama
  • 100 - 105 minutes
  • 2 f, 11 m, 3 either (15-18 actors possible: 2-5 f, 11-14 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content.
  • Set: Suggested locations include a courtroom, lawyers' offices, and a prison cell.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-278-9

Published Reviews

"A rousing tale."

The New York Times

"Engrossing...thoroughly enjoyable...consistently smart."

Associated Press

"...the sort of juicy courtroom drama we rarely get these days."

New York Post

"...an intensely exciting theatrical experience."

Theatermania

"A worthy specimen of the socially conscious courtroom drama."

Variety

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MAY 25, 2012 - JUL 01, 2012
59E59 Theatres
New York, NY United States
59E59 Theatres New York, NY United States
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MAY 25, 2012 - JUL 01, 2012
59E59 Theatres
New York, NY United States
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