Gabriel Byrne, Aidan Quinn, Mia Farrow and Debra Winger are the latest stars lined up for one-week and two-week stints in Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated. The true life drama based on the experiences of former death-row inmates and directed by Bob Balaban ("Gosford Park," "Best in Show"), plays at Off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker, where it opened Oct. 10.
Byrne, known for the film "Usual Suspects" and his Broadway run in Moon for the Misbegotten, is featured Nov. 12-24. Quinn joins him Nov. 19-24 along with Farrow, who will replace Marlo Thomas (continuing through Nov. 17) as Sunny Jacobs, who served more than 15 years for the death of a policeman she did not kill. Plummer will step into that role Nov. 25-Dec. 1 with Quinn playing through those dates.
As previously reported, Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers," Chicago, Damn Yankees) will join the cast Dec. 3-8. Richard Dreyfuss will return Dec. 10-15 with Debra Winger playing Dec. 17-22. Lynn Redgrave finishes out the year and begins the next one, performing Dec. 30-Jan. 5.
Other actors named as possible future cast members are Christine Lahti (Jan. 7-12), Penn Jillette (Jan. 21-26), Judy Collins (Jan. 28-Feb. 2), Harry Belafonte, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.
Remaining with the cast are Charles Brown (Delbert Tibbs), David Brown (Robert Hayes), Bruce Kronenberg (ensemble), Phil Levy (ensemble), Curtis McClarian (David Keaton) and April Thompson (Georgia Hayes). The Exonerated is drawn from the stories of a half-dozen former death row inmates who shared a variety of experiences and feelings with playwrights Blank and Jensen. Most described losing their faith in the justice system, while discovering that it was the resources available to a defense team that made the difference between achieving justice or experiencing a miscarriage of it.
Tickets are $55. 45 Bleecker is located at 45 Bleecker Street. For reservations, call (212) 307-4100.
— by Christine Ehren
and Ernio Hernandez