Night of January 16th
is a play
written by Ayn Rand
, inspired by the death of the "Match King", Ivar Kreuger
. First produced under a different name in 1934, it takes place entirely in a court room and is centered on a murder trial. It was a hit of the 1935-36 Broadway
season. The play deals with issues of a man's ability to regard oneself as important and exist in a society where moral decay is ever prevalent. It also deals with issues of love, loyalty and betrayal.
One particularly interesting feature of the play is that members of the audience are picked to take on the role of jury
members each night. Depending on whether the "Jury" finds the defendant of the case, as in the play, "guilty" or "not guilty" - the play would have different endings. Another unique feature of the play is that it does not state what the true events were on the night of January 16th, forcing the actors performing the show to decide how much of their character's testimony is actually true. Since several witnesses contradict each other, it is almost certain that some of them are lying.
Bjorn Faulkner has swindled millions of dollars from investors, by investing cash he did not have in order to control the gold
trade. In the wake of a crash, he is facing bankruptcy
despite the injection of money by Mr. John Graham Whitfield, a prominent banker whose daughter, Nancy Lee, married Faulkner shortly after the loan.
On the night of January 16th, Karen Andre and... Read More