Advice and Consent

A Play in One Act

by Yxta Maya Murray

Introduction By Kathleen Kim

On September 27, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings concerning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the mid-1980s. Advice and Consent is a play formed of interviews, found text, and transcripts, re-arranged, selected, and edited for poetic and provocative effect. The drama is designed as a thought experiment about power, pathos, tragedy, politics, gender, race, and truth. Accompanied by a score written by law professor and violinist Kathleen Kim, it may be either read or performed.

About The Authors

Yxta Maya Murray is the author of The Conquest ― winner of the Whiting Award ― and The King’s Gold, the second novel in her acclaimed Red Lion series. She is a professor at Loyola Law School and lives in Los Angeles.

Professor Kathleen Kim is a nationally-recognized expert on immigrants’ rights and human trafficking. She is the founding faculty supervisor for the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, and served as a Los Angeles Police Commissioner from 2013-2016. She serves on the Advisory Board of Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking and is a board member of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles. Professor Kim received her JD from Stanford Law School where she was a Judge Takasugi Public Interest Fellow and an editor for the Stanford Law Review.

Professor Kim is also a musician and composer with backgrounds in improvisational, avant jazz and classical theories. Her solo work uses extended violin and voice to create musical abstractions that provoke shared emotions and experiences. Her collaborations include avant chamber ensemble LA Fog and duo SheKhan. She studied with Yusef Lateef and Jim Nadel, and performed at the openings of the 2017 Venice Biennale and 2012 Whitney Biennal.