Judge and Jury

by  Mark Dunn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 4f

Love and war rage in a Texas small claims court. As love blooms between Judge Harriet Kerr and Constable Jay Weiss behind closed chamber doors, war erupts in the jury room as six jurors square off over a case involving former lovers with heavy grudges.

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Judge and Jury

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Love and war rage in a Texas small claims court. As love blooms between Judge Harriet Kerr and Constable Jay Weiss behind closed chamber doors, war erupts in the jury room as six jurors square off over a case involving former lovers with heavy grudges. The result is a spirited, riotous debate on man's inhumanity to woman and vice versa - a veritable battle of the sexes with a Texas twang. Here is a lighthearted, yet probing, look at the chasm between the sexes and the bridges built to overcome it. Audiences love to take sides and, just like the ladies and gentlemen of the jury, they will find ample opportunity here (along with a little common ground along the way).
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Keywords

Feminism, Love, Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The play is set in the present, in the summer, in the judge's chambers in the jury room of Justice Court Number Six in Travis County, Texas.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 4f

JUDGE
JUDGE HARRIET KERR - 30s
CONSTABLE JAY WEISS - 30s

JURY
ELAINE - early 30s
MATT - 30s
BRADLEY - late 20s to early 30s
DALE - male, late 20s
SELENA - late 30s to early 40s
GLENDA - 50s

In both JUDGE and JURY
BILLY - the bailiff, late 20s to early 30s

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

There are two opportunities for double casting in Judge and Jury: The parts of Harriet and Jay in "Judge" may be played by any of actors of the appropriate gender playing the six jurors in "Jury." However, it is the author's opinion that double casting is most effective when the actress playing Harriet doubles as Selena, and the actor playing Jay doubles as Matt; the couples are almost mirror opposits of one another, and by casting both pairs with the same actors, the contrast would be sharpened and the tension - both sexual and emotional - would be more effectively dramatized.

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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Judge and Jury opened at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company in New York City on February 4, 1994. The director was Robert Kreis. This production moved to Rockaway Park Playhouse in New York City on June 23, 1994.

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