Tonight premieres Fermat’s Last Theater Co.’s play adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Trial.” How do the themes in this story stay relevant over a hundred years after it was written? Allen Ruff discusses this and the Innocence Project with director Jeff Casey, Greg Wiercioch, Kate Judson, and actor Gil Halsted.
Greg Wiercioch is a clinical assistant professor at the Frank J Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining the Law School faculty in 2012, Greg represented death row inmates in Texas fro 20 years. In 1995, he founded Texas Defender Service, a non-profit law firm dedicated to improving the quality of counsel for death row inamtes. Greg continues to represent death row inmates as part of his work at the Law School.
Kate Judson, is a clinical instructor and National Litigation Coordinator at the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the UW Law School, where she engages in training, consulting, and direct representation of clients in cases involving wrongful convictions of child homicide and child abuse.
Jeff Casey is a playwright, director, performance artist, and curator, currently directing “The Trial.” His original plays and performance work have been featured at UW’s University Theatre Open Stages and other local venues.
Gil Halsted, worked as a radio reporter for WPR for 22 years, and a teacher before that. Halsted also acted in Fermat’s last Theater Co.’s production of Shakespeare’s Troilus & Cressida in 2014.