The Good Counselor - Live at SFC
Kathryn Grant's award winning play, The Good Counselor, was performed at St.Francis College March 3 & 4, 2015 featuring a cast of St Francis College students and alumni.
The Good Counselor tells the story of a public defender's attempt to mount a defense for a woman accused of killing her baby. As the argument spills over from the courtroom into the community, the defense lawyer must come to terms with his preconceptions about the capacities of mothers.
Professor Grant continues, "Unlike many other developed countries, in America there is no comprehensive federal legislation that requires courts to consider the particular stresses of pregnancy and lactation when assigning maternal culpability in the injury or death of a child. While the play examines a mother facing charges of infanticide, I hope audiences will reflect on the many crises of motherhood with rational consideration and compassion."
After the March 3, 2015 performance Professor Grant talked about laws surrounding motherhood with St. Francis Accounting and Business Law Professor Miriam Salholz.
The play received the Jerry Kaufman Award, the Premiere Stages Award and the American Theater Critics Association Citation for Best New American Play. The New York Times' Anita Gates writes that The Good Counselor, "leave(s) us with a mystery that is as deep as the leap into parenthood itself ... excellent work."
The performances were sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts with the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.