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. Bob Balaban (the actor seen in "A Mighty Wind") directs.
van Ark — known to many as Valene Ewing on both "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" — was nominated in 1971 for her performance in The School for Wives. Other Broadway credits include Barefoot in the Park and The Rules of the Game.
McDonald has appeared in numerous films such as "Grease 2," "Dutch," "Thelma & Louise", "Quiz Show," "Happy Gilmore," "61*" and "Requiem for a Dream." Savage made a name for himself in such films as "The Deer Hunter" and "Hair." The actor also appeared on stage in American Buffalo, Ari and Of Mice and Men.
Past cast members of this run have included Eric Bogosian, Peter Boyle, Connie Britton, Avery Brooks, Gabriel Byrne, Judy Collins, Tim Daly, Kristin Davis, Fran Drescher, Richard Dreyfuss, Cary Elwes, Mia Farrow, Peter Gallagher, Jeff Goldblum, Sara Gilbert, Tony Goldwyn, Sarah Jones, Robert Klein, Christine Lahti, Darrell Larson, Chad Lowe, Andrea Martin, Richard Masur, Andrew McCarthy, Esai Morales, Rob Morrow, Joe Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Harold Perrineau, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Eric Roberts, Jay O. Sanders, Richard Schiff, Kyra Sedgwick, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, John Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Lee Tergesen, Marlo Thomas, Kathleen Turner, Robert Vaughn, Ben Vereen, Debra Winger and Montel Williams.
Upcoming casts will include Josh Brolin, Mary Kay Place (Aug. 5-10), Brolin, Miguel Ferrer, Amanda Plummer (Aug. 12-17), Katharine Ross (Aug. 19-24), Ben Vereen (Aug. 21-31), Carol Kane (Sept. 2-7), Lainie Kazan (Sept. 9-14), Charlotte Rae (Sept. 16-21) and Rhea Pearlman (Sept. 30-Oct. 12). Artists and dates are subject to change. The Exonerated plays at Off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker, where it opened Oct. 10, 2002. 45 Bleecker is located at 45 Bleecker Street. For reservations, call (212) 307 4100. For more information, visit www.45bleecker.com.