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Scripted Re-Enactment - Gideon v. Wainwright

Use the monologues to facilitate a historic re-enactment of Gideon v. Wainwright and In re Gault  in a readers theater format.

What is readers theater? It is a dramatic reading of a prepared script as if it were a stage play, however, there are no costumes, props, or actions. Instead, volunteers use expressive voices and gestures to add interest and meaning to the story line. Participants hold their own copy of the script and read their respective parts so that everyone in the audience can hear. They do not memorize their lines. The emphasis is on comprehension and student-centered learning.

Speaking Parts

The speaking parts are listed in order of appearance and males or females can read either part.

  1. Clarence Earl Gideon
  2. Female Newspaper Reader
  3. Narrator for the Abe Fortas Monologue
  4. Same or Different Narrator for the Abe Fortas Monologue
  5. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black
  6. Attorney W. Fred Turner
  7. Juvenile Gerald “Jerry” Gault
  8. Clarence Earl Gideon (different participant)


All scripts are in PDF format.

DISCLAIMER: These resources are created by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for educational purposes only. They may not reflect the current state of the law, and are not intended to provide legal advice, guidance on litigation, or commentary on any pending case or legislation.