Broadway actor/producer and playwright John Stanisci has designed a 90 minute event that tells the story of miranda rights in the US, based on the landmark 1966 Supreme Court Case of Miranda vs. Arizona.
The play is currently being performed at universities, law schools, bar association events and performing arts centers across the US.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Lieutenants upon the earth is a 90 minute, two-man stage play, divided into three acts, spanning nearly fifty years.
The play is based on the history of Miranda Rights in the United States and illuminates why these rights are every bit as important today AS when they were first issued in a landmark 1966 Supreme Court case.
Since the precedent setting decision by the Earl Warren court, Miranda Rights have been at the center of every major issue of our time including police brutality, racism, terrorism and now, sadly, immigration.
Prior to these rights, law enforcement had the power to illegally detain, coerce and deceive a suspect into a full confession. This practice led to historic mass incarceration mainly in minority communities.
Today, as constitutional rights continue to erode, Miranda stands as more than a symbol of our basic human rights. It is a powerful reminder to all in law enforcement that they do not possess absolute power over the incarcerated and that human beings, whether they are US citizens or not, are entitled to basic human protections by the law.
"John Stanisci has achieved something very rare in art, which was to capture the deeply emotional connection people have to the principles this country was founded on. This play spoke to my love of this country and expertly probes the role the Constitution plays in shaping the moral core of American life. It's a feel-good story that is both an inspiration and a warning about what this country was, is and might yet become."
- Tom Burka, former Brooklyn assistant DA & legal consultant for the Netflix show Bloodline.
Photographer: Bob Pecchia