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Prima Facie

In the organizer's words:
Translated from English by Anne Rabe

#Law #Fuck the Patriarchy #Justitia

Despite top grades, straight A's and excellent bachelor's degrees: two-thirds of all students at Top Law School will not complete their studies. Of those who do, only half will go on to work as lawyers. And only five of them as lawyers. But Tessa made it. The working-class child who fights hard for her place becomes a successful criminal defense attorney who wears her horsehair wig with pride. Like all criminal lawyers, Tessa believes in the law, in the system and in the presumption of innocence, which for her is not an empty phrase but the foundation of a civilized society. That's why she also defends the accused, looks for loopholes in the prosecution's case, and meticulously examines the testimony of victims and witnesses. And Tessa is one of the best at her job. Whether it's drug trials, allegations of corruption or sexual assault, Tessa is concerned with legal truth and the evidence that will help her defendants be declared "innocent" before the law. During cross-examination, sympathies play no role; everyone has to face the lawyer's sharp questions, including victims of alleged sexual assault, whose statements are analyzed and taken apart in court. Until the day when something happens that Tessa would never have thought possible: Her colleague, with whom she is having an affair, becomes sexually assaultive after a date. As her life crumbles before her eyes, Tessa goes from defense attorney to prosecutor, experiencing the courtroom proceedings from the other side. "Prima facie" is a legal term that means prima facie evidence in German and means something like "until revoked" or "as long as no new evidence emerges." Can the system Tessa believed in so much protect her - or will it let her down in the end? Australian playwright Suzie Miller's award-winning monologue premiered in Sidney in 2019 and has already had successful premieres in London's West End and most recently on Broadway. This content has been machine translated.

Price information:

23.00 - 30.00€


Deutsches Theater Berlin Schumannstr. 13 a 10117 Berlin

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