The Exonerated     click here for show times

 

The Exonerated is a powerful new play about six innocent survivors of death row. Over the summer of 2000, playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen traveled across the United States, interviewing 40 former death row prisoners who had been sentenced to death, spent anywhere from 2 to 22 years on death row, and were eventually found innocent and freed by the state. Their verbatim interviews and individual court documents form the core of The Exonerated.

 

This show is suitable for most audiences. 

Not appropriate for children.

Review by Tony Savarese: I saw this play when it was in Fort Worth in which Lyle Lovett & Kathleen Turner performed. It was extreemly moving and affected me more than any other movie or performance I had ever seen. Throughout the play it is demonstrated how profound and powerful peoples pre-conceptions are and how it adversely effects even the most educated peoples logical thought processes and biases. The play also included one of the most famous executions that took place in the United States. It was that of Jessie Defaro in Florida, when the electric chair did not function properly. It took 15 minutes to kill him. This is reminiscent of the recent film "The Green Mile". I was shocked to learn that Jessie Defaro and his wife, also on Death Row, were both exonerated. They caught the real killer 17 years after the crime. It was too late for Jessie and it took another year before they released his wife. In closing, one of the charactors explains that we live in a great country but sometimes we have to look at something bad. If not, it will never be fixed.

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THE EXONERATED is playing at:
New York FEB 2004 Arts - Off-Broadway 24 thru 29 45 Bleecker Tickets New York NY 10012
Detroit FEB 2004 Fisher Theatre 24 thru 29 3011w Grand Blvd #F100 Tickets Detroit MI 48202
New York MAR 2004 Arts - Off-Broadway 02 thru 07 45 Bleecker Tickets New York NY 10012
Detroit MAR 2004 Fisher Theatre 02 thru 14 3011w Grand Blvd #F100 Tickets Detroit MI 48202
Orlando MAR 2004 Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 30 thru 31 401 W. Livingston St. Tickets Orlando FL 32801
Orlando APR 2004 Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 01 thru 04 401 W. Livingston St. Tickets Orlando FL 32801
Minneapolis APR 2004 State Theatre 06 thru 11 805 Hennepin Avenue Tickets Minneapolis MN 55402