Acclaimed avant-garde theatre company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) will soon present the world-premiere of their new show, Arguendo, at the Public Theater in New York City. Arguendo is a dramatization of the oral argument of Barnes v. Glen Theatre, an important Supreme Court case about nude dancing and the First Amendment.
ERS has a following far beyond the usual downtown theatre crowd, largely because of the great triumph of their last show, Gatz!, which Ben Brantley of the New York Times called: “The most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.” I have been a fan of ERS for 20 years now, and I was proud to join the Board of Directors earlier this year.
Arguendo will run at the Public Theater in New York City, Sept 10 – Oct 6. On Sept 17th (Constitution Day), there will be a special benefit performance, followed by a discussion with Jeff Toobin (CNN & The New Yorker) and Amy Adler (NYU Law), and then a party at my home.