Popular play '74 Seconds...To Judgment' gets extended run at Arden Theatre

Cherri Gregg
February 24, 2019 - 4:00 am



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A popular play that provides an inside look at what it's like to be on the jury in a racially charged shooting has been extended through mid-March. On stage at the Arden Theater in Old City, the production has a very unique component.

"74 Seconds...to Judgment" tells the story of deadlocked six-member jury. 

"We're in the 11th day of deliberations for a very public, high spirited, public type of case, where an African-American victim has been murdered by a white shooter," said Kash Goins, wrote the play and stars as one of the jurors. He says he was inspired by the onslaught of shootings of unarmed black men by white gunmen.

The play delves into issues of race, implicit bias, gender, sexual orientation, class, age and more through the eyes of a diverse jury.

"He sort of touches on a lot of different themes, very skillfully, so that you don't feel overwhelmed," said Amina Robinson, who directs the play and uses the stage and set to amplify the emotion between the actors sparking strong reactions from the audience.

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"I am not surprised by the strong reaction," she said. "When my mother came to see it a year ago, she sat in the audience and sobbed at the ending."

Wanting to provide space for audience members to release that emotion, Arden provides attendees the opportunity to stay and participate in a facilitated talk back discussion with the cast.

"Let's pull out these taboo subjects that everybody learns- you're not supposed to talk about them," said Goins.

"74 Seconds...to Judgment" runs through March 10. 

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