Prima Facie Tickets
Prima Facie Information
After a sold-out engagement in London's West End, Suzie Miller's Prima Facie will premiere on Broadway, starring Emmy winner Jodie Comer. Prima Facie tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.
The Prima Facie play centers on the barrister Tessa. (In the U.K. and other regions, a barrister is a type of lawyer who is qualified to advocate for a client in court, rather than just provide legal counsel.) She is a young woman from a working-class background who now at the top of her field. She's on a case-winning streak, and she loves the thrill of victory, of finding the weakness in her opposition and skillfully exploiting it. While she deeply respects the legal system, as a defense attorney, she also knows her job is to support her client, even if that means defending a position that's untrue.
Tessa has a reckoning with her mission, however, when she herself is a victim of sexual assault. Suddenly, she's seeing her profession from the other side — and recognizes the many aspects of her story her assailant's defense lawyer, were they anything like her, could and would use against her, and the toll that takes on a person seeking justice. The audience sees Tessa decide, amid trauma, how much she's willing to compromise the absolute "burden of proof" she's hinged her career on to fight for what she knows to be true, or vice versa. Prima Facie, which means "at first glance" in Latin, is a story about one woman confronting the stark divide between the lived experience of many women and the patriarchal legal system they face.
Before the premiere of Prima Facie on Broadway, the show debuted in London's West End to critical acclaim. A Prima Facie review on London Theatre reads, "Suzie Miller’s one-woman show Prima Facie... embodies an urgent real-life issue, this time an indefensibly broken legal system, and, in an astonishing tour-de-force performance, Comer commits, body and soul, to laying bare the human cost... Throughout this 100-minute piece, even in its weaker moments, Comer is absolutely riveting. She uses her shape-shifting talents to great effect, sketching in numerous other characters – from her posh colleagues to her abrasive mum and combative brother. She also gives Tessa a vivid emotional journey."
The show marked playwright Suzie Miller's and Comer's West End debuts, and now marks their Broadway debuts as well. Comer is best known for her role as Villanelle in the TV show Killing Eve, which earned her an Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe nominations. She has also appeared in movies like Free Guy and The Last Duel.
Director Justin Martin makes his Broadway directing debut with Prima Facie in New York. He previously associate directed Skylight, The Audience, and the Tony Award-winning Best Play The Inheritance on Broadway.
Tickets to Prima Facie will be available soon.
Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.