John Burstein revives the role of Clarence Darrow for 2 performances only, as the widely acclaimed “Darrow” returns to the mid-coast this July, with ticket sales to benefit Meals on Wheels.
“Clarence Darrow” portrays famous attorney Clarence Darrow, champion of underdogs, as he reminisces about his many sensational and often controversial trials. Written by David Rintels, this inspiring and entertaining production originally starred Henry Fonda on Broadway and was critically acclaimed as “gutsy, exciting, inspiring, funny, beautiful.”
Peppered with salty humor, courtroom gusto, and human relish, John Burstein’s portrayal of the colorful attorney who successfully argued such high-profile cases as the Scopes “Monkey” trial is riveting and highly entertaining.
Although Darrow’s career spanned the early decades of the 20th century, the issues he dealt with, including racial prejudice, income inequality, religious intolerance, and worker exploitation will resonate strongly with modern audiences. As Darrow put it, “I fight for the poor, the weak and the weary. For that long line of men, who in darkness and despair have borne the labors of the human race…”
John Burstein has been creating television series for over four decades. His work has aired on PBS, CBS, Nickelodeon, and Discovery. John tours theaters throughout the US and has performed his original one-man symphony show with over 70 orchestras. He has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a film introducing children to surgery, with Greenpeace on an environmental special co-produced with several nations around the world, and with HBO as a consultant and interviewer for the Peabody Award winning film “How Do You Spell God?”