Justice Theatre Project 2012-13 Season

Frost-Nixon debate Justice Theatre Project

The 2012-2013 season“We Are Called”, our political responsibility examined, opens with the Tony Award nominated drama “Frost/Nixon” by Peter Morgan.



  • By Peter Morgan
  • Directed by Carnessa Ottelin
  • September 7 – 23, 2012.

Clare Hall Fellowship Center , St. Francis of Assisi, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh. www.thejusticetheaterproject.org

Our Season:

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) begins a season-long discussion about political responsibility past and present.

JTP will seek to engage a social analysis, through which we all can examine what opportunities our society offers for us for change.  We Are Called to consider how U.S. policies can exacerbate or relieve poverty in other parts of the world…poverty in every sense…for each of us.

JTP has a history built on democracy, equity and collaboration among creative artists, managers, and community organizations that share a commitment to similar goals and a desire to maximize scarce resources and transform communities. The 2012-2013 season will work to serve as a Call to the responsibility of participation as it exists for each of us and the ways in which this responsibility is connected to our citizenry.


2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break in and the 38th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In 1977, former President Nixon granted interview privileges to David Frost, a British talk show host with a playboy reputation.  Fees were negotiated. Topics were vetted. Both hoped for an outcome that would put them back on top of their respective games.  This type of “chequebook journalism” was regarded unfavorably by Frost’s media peers and many thought Frosts’ failure was inevitable, including Nixon’s team of advisors. This Tony nominated play shows the behind the scenes scramble as Frost tries to elicit an apology and admission from Nixon to the American public that no other interviewer had been able to secure.

Set, lighting and costumes are period, circa 1970’s. Scenic designer Shannon Clark makes great use of a sparse and interchangeable stage, staying true to the period, but relaying the importance of new technology and the media’s ever-growing influence on events of that time. By employing a combination of techniques, the set takes the audience back to the moment the country watched, live on TV.

Directed by Carnessa Ottelin, Scenography by Shannon Clark, Technical Direction by Tom Wolf, Stage Management by Jason Hassell.

Featuring:John Honeycutt as Richard Nixon, David Henderson as David Frost, Ryan Brock as Jim Reston, Chris Coby as Jack Brennan, Coty Cockrell as Swifty Lazaar/Ollie, Tanner Lagasca as Manolo Sanchez, Mark Olexik as John Birt, Mary Floyd Page as Caroline Cushing/Evonne Goolagong, Mike Raab as Bob Zelnick and Renee Wimberley as Studio Manager


Events include two discussions, free babysitting, audio description and an opening night reception.

Special events:

Every show: Voter Registration in our lobby.

Friday, September 7 – Opening Night – Join us for a complimentary after show reception sponsored by Trali Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Sunday, September 9 – 2:00 pm $10.00 Matinee and Free babysitting by SeedRaleigh

Saturday, September 15 – 7:00 pm Pre show round table discussion “Politics, Conscience and the Media” facilitated by Byron Woods of the Independent Weekly, and featuring Gail Phares, Jules-Odendahl-James and George Corvin. (See facilitator and panel biographies below).

Sunday, September 23 – 2:00 pm performance – 3:30 Post Show Discussion by author James Reston, Jr.

The Jim Reston character in the play is based on Mr. Reston’s participation in the Frost/Nixon interviews, and the play itself is based on his book, “The Conviction of Richard Nixon”, which he wrote in Chapel Hill in 1977 right after the interviews. David Frost recruited Reston to be his Watergate adviser and to devise the strategy for interrogating Nixon, when Reston was an English professor at UNC. Mr. Reston will show footage of the actual interviews and then speak about his experience. Standing room tickets for the discussion only will be $10 at the door. “The Conviction of Richard Nixon” by James Reston, Jr. will be on sale in the lobby during all performances, courtesy of Quail Ridge Books and Music. Audio Described Performance provided by Arts Access. (See Mr. Reston’s biography below).

The Justice Theater Project (JTP) is an advocacy and activist theater company whose mission is to use the performing arts to bring to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. Each year JTP presents a diverse combination of original works, main stage productions, and community outreach events focusing on issues of social justice.

“Frost/Nixon” will be performed on September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. and September 9, 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for students/ senior citizens/military, and $12 for groups of 10 or more. All seating is general admission. Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. is $10.00 admission day. (919)264-7089. www.TheJusticeTheaterProject.org

2012-13 Season of Shows and a Holiday Tradition for your family!

December 20 – 23, 2012 “Black Nativity” by Langston Hughes. Saint Mary’s School, Raleigh. After a sold out run in December of 2012, The Justice Theater Project brings back this beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus according to the Gospel of Saint Luke with the lyrical verse and poetry of Langston Hughes, including gospel music and dance.

February 15 – March 3, 2013 – “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare. Directed by David Henderson.

June 14 – 30, 2013. “Ragtime” Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Directed by Deb Royals.

Panel and Speaker Biographies for Frost/Nixon:

James Reston, Jr.

Author of 15 books, three plays, and numerous articles in national magazines. Winner of Prix Italia and the Dupont-Columbia Award for his chilling 1983 ninety-minute radio documentary on National Public Radio, “Father Cares: the Last of Jonestown.” His last five historical works, Galileo: A Life, The Last Apocalypse, Warriors of God, Dogs of God, and Defenders of the Faith have been translated into thirteen foreign languages. Warriors of God and Collision at Home Plate have been optioned by Hollywood. The Last Apocalypse was a main selection of the Book of the Month Club. Warriors of God is an international best seller with over 200,000 copies sold world-wide and still selling. Fragile Innocence, his memoir of bringing up his handicapped daughter, reached #8 on the Washington Post best seller list.

In 1976-1977, Reston was David Frost’s Watergate adviser for the famous Frost/Nixon Interviews, seen by 57 million people world-wide. His narrative of that experience was published in 2007 and entitled The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews and was the main inspiration to the British playwright, Peter Morgan, in the making of his hit London play, “Frost/Nixon.” Reston is a major character and the narrator of the play. In the Hollywood adaptation of the play, directed by Ron Howard,and nominated for five Academy Awards, Reston is played by the actor, Sam Rockwell.

His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Esquire, American Theatre, Playboy, and Rolling Stone. He recently contributed the Foreword to the National Geographic book, Eyewitness to History.

In recent years he has lectured widely in the United States (Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Center) and overseas on the millennium, the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Ottomans at Vienna, citing their relevance to modern issues.

He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Rome,a fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Born in New York in 1941, he was raised in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of North Carolina on a Morehead Scholarship where he earned his B.A. in philosophy. At UNC he was an All South soccer player and after forty-two years still holds the single game scoring record for the university. (5 goals against N.C. State, October 18, 1962.) He attended Oxford University for his junior year.

Reston was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Steward Udall, 1964-65. U.S. Army, 1965-68. Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, 1971-81. Newsweek, PBS, and BBC candidate to be the first writer on the NASA space shuttle. Married, with three children. Lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


For more information about Mr. Reston’s participation in the interviews visit:


Dr. George Corvin

Dr. Corvin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in 1992.   After finishing a residency in General Psychiatry, Dr. Corvin completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry with the United States Department of Justice.   He is Board Certified as a General and Forensic Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Corvin joined North Raleigh Psychiatry in 1997 where he is now managing partner.  He served as the Director of the dual diagnosis treatment program and Medical Staff President at Holly Hill Hospital for 6 years before leaving hospital work to focus on other practice areas.  In addition to his outpatient practice at North Raleigh Psychiatry, Dr. Corvin has an active forensic practice including involvement in numerous capital cases and other high profile litigation.  More recently, Dr. Corvin has become actively involved in ongoing legislative efforts in the area of death penalty sentencing reform as well as other legislative & advocacy activities aimed at ensuring the availability of adequate treatment resources for those in our community in need of psychiatric care.  He has previously served as a Director on the Wake County Human & Environmental Services Board and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, a recently formed Managed Care Organization tasked with providing publicly-funded mental health services for indigent psychiatric patients in Wake, Durham, Johnston, and Cumberland Counties.

Jules Odendahl-James is the Resident Dramaturg at Duke University. Her research and writing explores documentary performance and social activism, crime narratives and the “forensic imagination,” and the notion of experimentation across arts and science disciplines. In October 2012,  in collaboration with Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, she will curate a residency for artists PearlDamour + Shawn Hall and their ecological installation/performance How To Build a Forest (http://sites.duke.edu/howtobuildaforest). Her recent dramaturgy includes The Stranger Festival, Ragtime, The Musical, iWitness: Based on Mike Daisey’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and the controversy it generated (Duke); 8 (Playmakers Repertory Company); Self-Defense, or the death of some salesmen (UNC, Greensboro).

Gail Phares is one of the founders of the national peace organization Witness for Peace.  She lived and worked in both Nicaragua and Guatemala as a Maryknoll sister.  She has led over 55 delegations to Latin America over the last 30 years.  Gail holds a MA in Latin American studies from The American University in Wash. DC.  She and her husband Bob Phares are founders of St Francis of Assisi parish.

Byron Woods is contributing editor at the Independent Weekly, and celebrates his 19th year as an award-winning arts journalist and critic. He has covered the fields of theater and dance for regional publications including Raleigh’s News and Observer and national publications including Back Stage, Dance Magazine, InTheater and the Village Voice. A recipient of two fellowships in arts criticism from the National Endowment for the Arts and a National Critics Institute scholarship at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Woods has been honored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the North Carolina Press Association, and has served as a five-time guest critic and clinician in regional competitions of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival.

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