Voir Dire

Have you, or anyone close to you, been sexually assaulted in your lifetime?
“Voir Dire”, a Kennedy Center award nominated short play, follows a diverse set of women as they are interviewed for jury duty on a sexual assault case in New York City.
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Voir Dire

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  • Emily Hageman:
    14 Aug. 2019
    Wow. This is an incredible ten minute play, one of the best I've ever read. It's completely straightforward and honest and all of the female characters are so varied and so real. I am totally inspired by this remarkable piece of theatre that does more than take a hot button issue and use it--Atallah writes with great passion and conviction and honesty. Fantastic. I'm blown away. This is a playwright to watch.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    14 Aug. 2019
    Well done! Chronicling four women's experiences with the question of sexual assault and of course in some way or another their answer would be a resounding yes, but ask the same question of men and often it's no. Excellent.

Character Information

  • Woman 4
    20's + ,
    Latinx
    ,
    woman
    A woman claiming her voice.
  • Woman 3
    20's + ,
    Any race
    ,
    woman
    A confident New Yorker.
  • Woman 2
    Late teens - 20's ,
    Any race
    ,
    woman
    A university student figuring life out.
  • Woman 1
    20's + ,
    Any race
    ,
    woman
    A devout Christian, wife, and mother.
  • Government Worker
    20's + ,
    Any race
    ,
    Any
    A bored government worker.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    The University of California Riverside
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • University
    ,
    The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regionals
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    The Kennedy Center
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    The Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights Festival
    ,
    2019
  • University
    ,
    Playworks at The University of California Riverside
    ,
    2018

Awards

Finalist
,
The Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award
,
The Kennedy Center
,
2019