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Arts / Entertainment

'A Few Good Men'

October 13, 2011

The Theatre Division presents Aaron Sorkin's (Academy Award-winning writer of 'The Social Network,') 'A Few Good Men,' an electric courtroom drama about two marines who've been charged with cooperating with the Marine's unofficial 'code red' practice, which resulted in a fellow marine's death.

In 'A Few Good Men,' two marines are on trial for their involvement in the death of a fellow marine. Image by Jennifer Clary.Before Aaron Sorkin wrote the Academy Award-winning The Social Network and before he became the Emmy-winning producer of The West Wing, he wrote the Broadway-produced play, A Few Good Men. The play was adapted for film and won an Oscar in 1992.  

The Theatre Division is performing the play in the intimate Studio Theatre in the University Center for the Arts. Theatre professor Laura Jones is directing.

Performance dates

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • Thursday, Sept. 29
  • Friday, Sept. 30
  • Saturday, Oct. 1
  • Sunday, Oct. 2
  • Oct. 5-9
  • Oct. 12-16

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Conflicted characters

Aaron Sorkin is known for characters facing personal or ethical ambiguity…people doing the “wrong” thing for the “right” reason.

Set in the summer of 1986 in Washington, D.C., and on the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, two marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow marine as the result of an illicit disciplinary measure known only as a “Code Red.” Code Red amounts to self-policing or punishment within the ranks against those perceived as misfits or as not meeting the corps' standards.

Navy lawyer goes up against Marine colonel

Their Navy lawyer expects a plea bargain and a cover-up. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients, but not before putting the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. His nemesis, Colonel Nathan Jessep, memorably portrayed in Rob Reiner’s film by Jack Nicholson, famously declares, “You can’t handle the truth!”

The Theatre Division's extraordinary theatre design and costuming lends itself to the realism of the play. Image by Jennifer Clary.The antics and altercations between the bright but brash defense lawyer Daniel Kaffee and the assertive but socially inept Joanne Galloway, add plenty of wise cracking humor and a subtle hint of romantic comedy. The audience is the jury in this entertaining and thought-provoking investigation of military morality in our modern age.

More about Sorkin

Sorkin won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network. Also known for original screenplays such as Malice (1993) and The American President (1995), Sorkin was the executive producer and primary writer for The West Wing which won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama for four consecutive years.

Contains adult language – not appropriate for youth under the age of 17.


  • $8/CSU students
  • $18/adult

Tickets available at or at the Ticket Office. Online purchase is encouraged to avoid at-the-door fees.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603