Starring in the piece will be film and Broadway star Kathleen Turner and country music singer Lyle Lovett. Turner will play Sunny Jacobs, who was convicted of killing two Florida policemen. Lovett portrays Kerry Max Cook, who was jailed for murdering a woman in Texas.
Turner has starred on Broadway in The Graduate, Indiscretions and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She has also acted in the New York staging of The Exonerated. Lovett's acting has been exclusively on film, with such credits as "The Opposite of Sex," "Short Cuts," and "The Player."
Drawn from interviews of forty former death row inmates by playwrights Blank and Jensen, The Exonerated explores the variety of experiences and feelings of those who spent from two to 22 years imprisoned only to be later by found innocent and released.
The Off-Broadway production raised $300,000 in donations in its first year for the six exonerees, portrayed in the play, who received no remuneration after being released from prison. The work has garnered a number of awards including a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award.
The New York show features a rotating cast. Past cast members of this run have included Eric Bogosian, Peter Boyle, Josh Brolin, Avery Brooks, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Carradine, Judy Collins, Tim Daly, Kristin Davis, Fran Drescher, Richard Dreyfuss, Cary Elwes, Mia Farrow, Peter Gallagher, Sara Gilbert, Jeff Goldblum, Tony Goldwyn, Mariska Hargitay, Sarah Jones, Anthony Michael Hall, Marcia Gay Harden, Anne Jackson, Carol Kane, Christine Lahti, Chad Lowe, Andrea Martin, Andrew McCarthy, Esai Morales, Alanis Morisette, Rob Morrow, Joe Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Eric Roberts, Richard Schiff, Kyra Sedgwick, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, John Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Fisher Stevens, Susan St. James, Marlo Thomas, Ben Vereen, Montel Williams and Debra Winger.