By Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

September 27 at 7:30 pm, 28 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and 29 at 3:30 pm, 2019

  Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh


Educators and Students are $5 for ALL shows with ID.

"It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.” Jerome Lawrence.

In a time not too long ago… a high school biology teacher defies the law by teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. His trial thrusts his small town into a national spotlight with the Trial of he Century that features a prosecuting attorney that is a self proclaimed Biblical expert, and a defense attorney that is a compassionate agnostic defending the right to think.

A fictionalization of the Scopes Monkey Trial brought to life.

September 28 at 6:30 pm "Survival of the Friendliest: Evolution and What it Means Today" Vanessa Woods, NYT Bestselling Author of The Genius of Dogs and Bonobo Handshake. Discussion is free. No show attendance required.

CLICK HERE to HEAR a great radio interview with the director and the lead actor on WHUP Lights UP

CLICK HERE to view the discussion: “The Monkey Trial: A Legal Perspective” by Attorney Seth A. Blum. This discussion took place on September 14, 2019

CLICK HERE to view the discussion: “Thoughtful Consideration on Science and Religion” with Rev Doug Long, Rev Jennifer Copeland, and Dr. Jon Kolkin. This discussion took place on September 21, 2019.



Photo by Areon Mobasher


by Lauren Gunderson

October 25- November 3, 2019 Leggett Theatre at William Peace University

Featuring Qualia Holder-Cozart, Kirsten Ehlert and heather J. strickland photo by kevin zeph

Featuring Qualia Holder-Cozart, Kirsten Ehlert and heather J. strickland photo by kevin zeph

Here’s looking at you, America.

Skewering liberals and conservatives alike, The Taming hits political partisanship in the funny bone! 

In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is a beauty pageant contestant with  aspirations to revolutionize the American Government by rewriting the Constitution. All she needs to put her mad (yet brilliant) plan into place is to kidnap an ultra-conservative senator’s top aid and an ultra-liberal blogger, and get them into the same room to hash it out. Well, that and a trip back in time to the Constitutional Convention...


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by Langston Hughes. Sponsored by Carol Woods Retirement Community.

THE MUSIC OF BLACK NATIVITY: December 12 at 7:30 p.m., December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and December 14 at 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Museum of Art. (These musical performances are not a part of our season subscription)

FULL PRODUCTIONS OF BLACK NATIVITY: December 15 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., December 16 and 17 at 7;30 p.m., 2019    Stewart Theatre, NC State University

For unto us, a child is born...”

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By Lynn Nottage  

February 14 – March 1, 2020, Umstead Park United Church of Christ

Regional Premiere of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-Winner

"Three generations of loyalty to the same company. This is America, right? You'd think that would mean something."  

             In a local bar in Rust Belt, USA, steel workers share a lifetime of drinks, secrets, laughter, and friendship.  The guarantee of working together on the factory floor erodes as an American way of life disappears.

When one of their own is promoted into management, trust and friendship erode. Strikes, layoffs, lockouts and picket lines lead to an “us vs. them” battle over NAFTA, income inequality, unions, race, and loyalty.



Based on the Emmy Award-Winning television movie by Reginald Rose. Adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel

Prejudice always obscures the truth.

Be it 1957 or 2020, it takes a courageous person to stand alone against the views of their peers. To        determine reasonable doubt, facts must outweigh emotional responses. A lone voice of reason and  fairness in the face of prejudice and peer pressure makes for a gripping and timeless drama. 

 Class, race, education…what discolors your perspective? 

 Twelve Angry Men is one of the greatest courtroom dramas of all time, and is based on the playwright’s experience as a juror on a manslaughter trial. Join us in Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina for a gender neutral, multi-cultural adaptation that reflects who the Triangle is today.

April 17 – 26, 2020  Saint Augustine University’s Theatre weekend one, Fuquay-Varina Arts Center weekend two    

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The Gershwins’ OF THEE I SING

Music by George Gershwin   Lyrics by Ira Gershwin   Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

June 12 – 28, 2020    Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh

This Gershwin classic was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. The all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, who runs on the Love Platform. He promises that if elected he will marry the winner of an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for a campaign secretary (who bakes a mean corn muffin), trouble ensues.

With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national   institutions and the perfect musical for a tumultuous election year. 

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Thank you to our Season Sponsor: KYMANOX 

The Justice Theater Project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources,  and in part by the   City of Raleigh based on recommendations by the Raleigh Arts Commission, and by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Art Inspiring Change since 2004

The Justice Theater Project produces professional shows paired with discussions, outreach events, free admission for the visually impaired, free babysitting for select shows, and free admission for partner organizations such as TROSA and Passage Home.

We encourage you to become a season member, volunteer to build a set, join a committee, audition for a show, and become a part of the JTP family.

Internships for college students are available each semester.