Dep Kirkland is the playwright, star and own worst enemy of MsTrial. Tasked with portraying a high-powered attorney who is not above committing a violent assault when tanked up on tequila, Kirkland underplays the part to mixed effect. And as playwright, this former trial attorney loads the script with legalese and misdirection in the first act, before unloading a devastating lesson on the... Read more
The New York premiere of MsTrial, written by lawyer-turned-playwright Dep Kirkland and directed by Rick Andosca, plays Stage 5 within the New World Stages complex.
The drama debuted in 2002 at the Court Theatre in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, long before the #MeToo movement began to dominate global headlines. Seventeen years later, the play's themes are even more gripping and more relevant than ever.
Tickets are on sale now.
(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)
John Paris is one of America's most infamous trial lawyers. When he brings in Karen Lukoff, the shining star of the local DA's office to assist in winning his newest high-profile case, John discovers that Karen is not only a gifted attorney - but also his equal match. After a wild alcohol-fueled victory celebration, their potent attraction slides down a slippery slope changing their lives forever. John and Karen now face an audience of their peers, who ultimately must decide for themselves how justice is served and render the final verdict. MsTrial is a raw tale that explores and exposes the murky waters in a fraught case of "he said, she said" and asks us, "Is justice truly blind?"