BCHS Play – Night of January 16th

Scales Of Justice And Lady LibertyOkay, I think the play being performed next week (April 20th – 22nd) by Boulder City High School sounds SUPER fun!

It’s called “Night of January 16th” (by Ayn Rand) and since I hadn’t heard of it before, I looked it up on the web for us.

Below is the premise from Wikipedia, which sounds interesting on its own, but even more entertaining to me is the idea of audience participation that I’ve highlighted in red … maybe I’d get chosen as a juror, thus fulfilling my civic duty!

Night of January 16th is a theatrical play, inspired by the death of the “Match King”, Ivar Kreuger, written by Ayn Rand. It takes place entirely in a courtroom during a murder trial. An unusual feature of the play is that members of the audience are chosen to play the roles of jury members.

The court is hearing the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary and lover of businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder Andre is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner’s death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony and decide whether Andre is guilty.

The play’s ending depends on the verdict. Rand’s intention was to dramatize a conflict between individualism and conformity, with the jury’s verdict revealing which viewpoint they preferred.

The performances are in the Boulder City High School theater and start at 6pm (April 20th – 22nd).  Tickets for a night of intrigue and entertainment are a steal at $5 (at the door)!

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