Bill of (W)Rights

Bill of (W)Rights
by Janet Allard, Rebecca Gilman, Jeffrey Hatcher, Syl Jones, Gavin Lawrence, Melanie Marnich, Jane Martin, Kelly Stuart, Elizabeth Wong

Productions (8)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 10 f, 13 m (10-24 actors possible)
  • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales

Bill of (W)Rights
by Janet Allard, Rebecca Gilman, Jeffrey Hatcher, Syl Jones, Gavin Lawrence, Melanie Marnich, Jane Martin, Kelly Stuart, Elizabeth Wong

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Productions (8)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 10 f, 13 m (10-24 actors possible)
  • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales

Bill of (W)Rights is a political funhouse growing from a moment in history when self-censorship abounds and the populace is increasingly governed by fear. Nine playwrights offer ten plays, each based on one of the U.S. Constitution's first ten amendments. These pieces focus less on government interference and more on the interpersonal, from a father and daughter facing a criminal trial to the silence of an unfaithful husband "pleading the fifth" to his family -- not to mention a company of actors yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. The creation of the script, encompassing a diversity of voices and opinions, was itself an act of democracy, demonstrating that theatre can be a voice of revelation and revolution.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
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Play Details

Bill of (W)Rights is a political funhouse growing from a moment in history when self-censorship abounds and the populace is increasingly governed by fear. Nine playwrights offer ten plays, each based on one of the U.S. Constitution's first ten amendments. These pieces focus less on government interference and more on the interpersonal, from a father and daughter facing a criminal trial to the silence of an unfaithful husband "pleading the fifth" to his family -- not to mention a company of actors yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. The creation of the script, encompassing a diversity of voices and opinions, was itself an act of democracy, demonstrating that theatre can be a voice of revelation and revolution.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 10 f, 13 m (10-24 actors possible)
  • Set: Flexible set, suggesting various locales

Published Reviews

"Mixed Blood's prescient, potent blend of zeitgeist and bold vision makes Bill of (W)Rights feel like the CNN of theater... The theatrical meditation on the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution is extraordinary in almost every respect."

Dominic Papatola, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"This ambitious effort was marshalled to use theater as a political revolution in an era when individual rights are seemingly subsumed by the needs of the state. In the end, Bill of (W)Rights...is an unruly and engaging theatrical experience."

Graydon Royce, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)

"[Mixed Blood Theatre] stepped up to the plate and took a mighty swing with Bill of (W)Rights, a screaming curveball of a project that represents a breathtaking artistic, economic and technical stretch for the company. And they knocked the ball out of the park.

Mixed Blood's prescient, potent blend of zeitgeist and bold vision makes Bill of (W)Rights feel like the CNN of theater.

In the first minutes of the new play at Mixed Blood Theatre, audiences get to see a mostly naked Nazi, hear several earfuls of foul language and smell the burning of an American flag. And it gets more provocative from there.

The theatrical meditation on the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution is extraordinary in almost every respect."

Dominic Papatola, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Production History

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OCT 02, 2012 - OCT 02, 2012
The Theatre Lab School Of The Dramatic Arts
Washington, DC United States
The Theatre Lab School Of The Dramatic Arts Washington, DC United States
DEC 03, 2010 - DEC 04, 2010
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA United States
Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA United States
NOV 05, 2009 - NOV 07, 2009
University Of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO United States
University Of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO United States
DEC 07, 2007 - DEC 09, 2007
Undergraduate Theatre Association, UW-Madison
Madison, WI United States
Undergraduate Theatre Association, UW-Madison Madison, WI United States
SEP 08, 2006 - SEP 23, 2006
Renegade Theatre Experiment
San Jose, CA United States
Renegade Theatre Experiment San Jose, CA United States
APR 28, 2006 - APR 29, 2006
University Of Wisconsin - Platteville
Platteville, WI United States
University Of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI United States
APR 19, 2005 - APR 21, 2005
Parkway Central High School
Chesterfield, MO United States
Parkway Central High School Chesterfield, MO United States
JAN 01, 2004 - JUN 01, 2004
Mixed Blood Theatre
Minneapolis, MN United States
Mixed Blood Theatre Minneapolis, MN United States
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Mixed Blood Theatre
Minneapolis, MN United States
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