Star Studded Hollywood Cast Does a Live Reading of Mueller Report
“No one is above the law in this country, not even the President of the United States.”
Broadcast live online from Riverside Church in New York City on June 24 for one night only, a cast of Hollywood actors performed a play based on the Mueller report, entitled The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts.
Written by Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, the play was an adaptation of former FBI director Robert Mueller’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The report was publicly released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) April 18, 2019.
The play livestreamed via Law Works, a bipartisan organization that seeks to educate the public on “the importance of the rule of law,” as stated on its website. Interested parties can upload the full play for viewing. Law Works has also uploaded the video onto its Facebook and Instagram pages, according to a press release.
The reading was announced just a few hours before it aired on Monday, with a press release from the organization.
Set in early 2017, John Lithgow stars as Donald Trump in the new play, with Justin Long as then-F.B.I. director James Comey. Annette Bening serves as a narrator, and Kevin Kline plays Mr. Mueller himself. Other actors include Jason Alexander as Chris Christie, along with Piper Perabo, Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Alfre Woodard, Gina Gershon, Wilson Cruz, Kyra Sedgwick and Ben McKenzie.
The 10 acts of the play pointedly represent 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice by the president, based on the report.
Reviews have commented that the play is a clear indictment on Donald Trump. In fact, directly below the full-length video of the play on the Law Works website is an option to donate funds to “hold President Trump accountable.” A description further notes that “no one is above the law in this country, not even the President of the United States.”
Law Works also said in a statement that the 10-act play “shows that President Trump likely obstructed justice and that President Trump’s campaign not only knew Russia wanted them to win, but welcomed it.”
Other reviews have described the new play as darkly comic and noted that given the source material, it resembled more of a recitation or “table read” than a full-fledged stage play.
The production has also been criticized for its brevity—clocking in at only an hour and fifteen minutes—in contrast to the actual Mueller report, which is 448 pages.
Overall, it seems the reading has not garnered much publicity or attention due to its quality and lack of publicity.