Insolence is Bliss! 108th Libel Show by the Numbers
For more than a century, the annual student send-up of life at the University of Virginia School of Law known as the Libel Show has left attendees holding their sides — whether from too much laughter, or from the actual puncture wounds of being skewered.
As always, this year's installment, "Libel 108: Wet Hot American Libel," which runs Thursday through Saturday, highlights the comedic and musical talents of law students. All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) in Caplin Auditorium, with tickets available online and in Hunton & Williams Hall.
"The show is the result of the hard work of nearly 100 students at UVA Law," said producer Jennifer Talbert, a third-year law student who gave us a by-the-numbers preview of the show:
- 85 students cast (everyone who auditioned, and then some); the cast also serves as the crew
- 17 band members
- 9 writers (not counting the Junta, Libel's management team)
- 36 students on the Junta
- 7 song-and-dance numbers
- 18 faculty members lovingly skewered (“For now…” Talbert said.)
- 128.5 rehearsal hours
- Number of libel suits filed based on 108 years of performances: 0
Professors George Cohen, Anne Coughlin and G. Edward White will deliver faculty rebuttals during the Thursday and Friday performances. Friday's performance will be targeted to first-year law students, and Saturday is alumni night.
Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.