Leading law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) presented the
premiere of Theater of Law, a new co-production between Theater
of War Productions and the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.
The event featured Emmy Award-winning actor Reg E. Cathey (The
Wire, House of Cards, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks), Tony
Award-nominated actress Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal
Intent, Oz), Tony Award-nominated actor Zach Grenier (The
Good Wife, Fight Club, Deadwood) and Obie Award-winning actress Ana
Reeder (Hedda Gabler, Top Girls, Sight Unseen). Held at SRZ’s
New York office, the actors performed a dramatic reading and initiated
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Schulte Roth & Zabel presents the premiere of Theater of Law, a new co-production between Theater of War Productions and the Forum on Law, Culture & Society. Photo credit: Bruce Gilbert. From left to right: Thane Rosenbaum, director of Forum on Law, Culture & Society; Bryan Doerries, artistic director of Theater of War Productions; actor Zach Grenier; Christina Henry of Schulte Roth & Zabel; David Auxier-Loyola of Schulte Roth & Zabel; actress Kathryn Erbe; Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Dan A. Kusnetz; Sarah L. Huff of Schulte Roth & Zabel; actor Reg E. Cathey; actress Ana Reeder; and Jeffrey A. Lenobel, Schulte Roth & Zabel partner, chair of the Real Estate Group and a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.
Designed for legal professionals and for those who have had experiences
with the legal system, Theater of Law is an innovative project
that features readings from an ancient Greek tragedy about the first
trial in Western culture, and is aimed at engaging audiences in
constructive, thoughtful dialogues about the power of justice and the
law, and its impact on local communities and society as a whole.
“We are pleased to present the debut of Theater of Law. It
is truly an innovative program that ignites thoughtful discussions about
justice and today’s legal system,” commented Jeffrey A. Lenobel,
SRZ partner and chair of the Real Estate Group. “Last night’s
performance was inspiring and, we are thrilled to say, the first of many
exciting Theater of Law programs to be performed around the
country,” added SRZ finance partner Joel M. Simon. Mr.
Lenobel and Mr. Simon serve on the Board of Directors of the Forum on
Law, Culture & Society.
Mr. Cathey, Ms. Erbe, Mr. Grenier and Ms. Reeder read excerpts from Eumenides,
translated and directed by Bryan Doerries. The Greek
dramatist Aeschylus, in his trilogy of revenge plays, Oresteia,
concludes the cycle in Eumenides with the trial of Orestes — the
son who kills his mother because she had murdered her husband, Orestes’
father. It is the first trial presented in Western culture — judge, jury
and the community watching from the gallery — ordered by the gods as a
way of introducing the ancient Greeks to the virtues of a legal system
and the end of self-initiated blood justice.
“Theater of Law is an important work and we are delighted to
host this premier performance,” commented Alan S. Waldenberg,
chair of SRZ’s Executive Committee.
“For most of human history, justice was a private affair — tribes,
clans, families and individuals took matters into their own hands. This
Greek play reminds us of the power of the court system as well as its
impact,” said Thane Rosenbaum, director of the Forum on Law,
Culture & Society.
“Theater of Law is a terrific opportunity for us to bring
our work to the legal industry. We are thrilled that Schulte Roth &
Zabel has made it possible for us to engage legal professionals in these
crucial discussions,” said Mr. Doerries, artistic director of
Theater of War Productions.
Theater of Law was developed by Theater of War Productions, a
social-impact theater company that has worked with 200 leading film,
theater and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal
plays — from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works
— followed by public conversations in an interactive program designed to
address urgent community-based social issues. Theater of Law
is co-produced by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.
About Schulte Roth & Zabel
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (www.srz.com)
is a full-service law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C.
and London. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial
services industry, the firm regularly advises clients on corporate and
transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on regulatory,
compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. The firm’s practices
include: bank regulatory; bankruptcy & creditors’ rights litigation;
broker-dealer regulatory & enforcement; business reorganization; complex
commercial litigation; cybersecurity; distressed debt & claims trading;
distressed investing; education law; employment & employee benefits;
energy; environmental; finance; financial institutions; hedge funds;
individual client services; insurance; intellectual property, sourcing &
technology; investment management; litigation; mergers & acquisitions;
PIPEs; private equity; real estate; real estate capital markets & REITs;
real estate litigation; regulated funds; regulatory & compliance;
securities & capital markets; securities enforcement; securities
litigation; securitization; shareholder activism; structured finance &
derivatives; tax; and white collar defense & government investigations.
About Theater of War Productions
Theater of War Productions (www.theaterofwar.com)
is a social-impact company that uses a combination of theater and guided
public dialogue to help communities address pressing public health and
social issues such as combat-related psychological injury, suicide,
end-of-life care, police/community relations, prison reform, gun
violence, political violence, natural and manmade disaster, domestic
violence, substance abuse, and addiction.
About Forum on Law, Culture & Society
The Forum on Law, Culture & Society (www.forumonlawcultureandsociety.org)
is committed to providing a unique, engaging, and entertaining
experience for both a public and online audience in examining the big
ideas of our day, including matters of law, justice, human rights and
civil society by bringing together influential artists, government
leaders and public intellectuals in a dynamic setting that is spirited,
enriching and alive. Thane Rosenbaum serves as the director.