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Arizona Justice title

- World Premiere


Author: Katherine Brann Fredericks

Director: Adam Chisnall

"Arizona Justice," written and performed by Katherine Brann Fredericks, is a Michael Moore/Spalding Gray style documentary exposé of corruption in Arizona, involving Senator Barry Goldwater, land fraud, water rights, the mob, money laundering and murder between the 1960's and the early 2000's. Told like a fireside chat, “Arizona Justice” offers an intricate web of bribery, blackmail and murder, including the names of dozens of players. Adam Chisnall directs.

Pulitzer Prize nominated reporter Don Bolles was car-bombed in 1976, while investigating organized crime figures in Arizona, including Moe Dalitz, the Godfather of Las Vegas who ran half a dozen Vegas Casinos and made money for the mafia by skimming gambling money, and Joe Bonanno and “Horseface” Licavoli, heads of New York and Detroit crime families.

Fredricks had been raised to revere Senator Goldwater, nicknamed “Mr. Arizona.” So she never dreamed he could be connected to organized crime until 2017, when she discovered 40 year old research by Investigative Reporters and Editors (of which reporter Don Bolles had been a founding member) that revealed Senator Goldwater’s brother Bob had multi-million dollar financial links to organized crime figures.

After finishing the first draft of the play, she engaged in a second round of research, in which she read the 9/11 Commission Report and all the footnotes relating to Arizona. From this she learned that ten percent of the 9/11 hijackers were in the state between December 2000 and March 2001 and that the FBI anti-terrorism team was reassigned to other work for that whole period of time. Now she writes, "I was shocked by what I discovered. I did not start out with an agenda. I uncovered the facts and noted the coincidences. Piles of them."

Great secrets hide in unexpected places. Senator Barry Goldwater was Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee during Iran Contra and he decreased the number of Congressional Committees overseeing the CIA from eight to two. Although she has not found a "smoking gun," Fredricks remains shaken by coincidences that might link failures of intelligence before 9/11 to Arizona’s long, bloody history of land fraud and organized crime.


Cabaret Theater

Sunday - August 26 - 5pm
Tuesday - August 28 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 30 - 6:30pm
Friday - August 31 - 9pm
Saturday - September 1 - 5pm
Sunday - September 2 - 3:30pm
Wednesday - September 5 - 6:30pm

Running time: Arizona Justice is 75-80 Minutes $12.

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Katherine Brann Fredricks has written, produced and directed two feature documentaries, “The Price of the Pines” (co-produced with Canada’s Banff Center for the Arts) and “The Yavapai Story” (which aired on national cable TV, won a Bronze Apple at the National Educational Video & Film Festival and screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

She is also a lyricist/librettist who has had four musicals in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in the last five years. Of these, two won awards for Outstanding Music & Lyrics. Together, the four shows won or were nominated for 26 other awards. She adapted “Occasion for Sin” (2017) from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila in collaboration with Grammy Award winning composer Oriente Lopez. “Nix” (20165) was adapted from "Hamlet" with composer Massimo Malavasi. “Black Hole Wedding” (2015) was adapted from the Ramayana with composer Paul Nelson. “Walden” (2013) was adapted from Thoreau with composer Bert Draesel. A fifth musical, "Divine Chaos,” composed by Lily Swan and Joe McCanna, has been produced in regional theaters. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Adam Chisnall is a director, actor, and emcee. He just finished directing Dead Brains and Umbilical at The Clemente Center. Select directing credits include Sodd and Gomm(Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival), Mrs. Lee’s Yellow Cat (Gallery Players), The Progressives (The Network), Happy Hamster Birthday (LeelaNYC Theatre Festival), War Is A Picnic (Thespian Productions), Pop Goes the Weasel (Strawberry One Act) and Murder Needs Company (The Gallery Players). He served as Assistant Director for Erik When’s Clover at La Mama and The Vanity at Theatre Row. Adam directed Emerson at Big Mart for Planet Connections where he won the award for Best Director of a Short Play/One Act or Solo Show. You can find Adam line producing the New Works Series with The New York Theatre Barn. Adam is the creator of The One Act Comedy Fest. Adam won Best Director at the 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards. He thanks his parents for their love and support.


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