The Exonerated To Close Off-Broadway, March 7

News   The Exonerated To Close Off-Broadway, March 7
 
Off-Broadway's The Exonerated, penned by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, has officially announced that it will end its run at 45 Bleecker Theatre, March 7.

The show, directed by Bob Balaban (the actor seen in "A Mighty Wind"), will have played 608 performances since its Oct. 10, 2002 opening.

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 2 to 22 years imprisoned only to be later by found innocent and released.

The production and its current national tour has raised $710,000 in donations since its opening 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 play is also set to play in London's West End.

The Exonerated is produced by The Culture Project, Dede Harris, Morton Swinsky, Bob Balaban, Allan Buchman, Patrick Blake, David Elliott, Jane Bergere, Ruth Hendel and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

The show features a rotating cast that currently includes Nell Balaban, Larry Block, Onipede Blunt, Jimonn Cole, Bill Dawes, Mia Dillon, Keir Dullea, Erik LaRay Harvey, Bruce Kronenberg, Bruce MacVittie, William Jay Marshall and April Yvette Thompson. 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, Kathleen Turner, Ben Vereen, Montel Williams and Debra Winger.

The Exonerated plays at Off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker. The theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street. For reservations, call (212) 307 4100. For more information, visit www.45bleecker.com.

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