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.
Lowe recently appeared Off-Broadway in Burning Blue. He and Winger (A.R.T.'s productions of How I Learned to Drive and Ivanov) have previously starred in the rotating cast. Schiff joins The Exonerated the week following "West Wing" co-star John Spencer's stint. Perrineau performed in the Off-Broadway production of Blue/Orange.
Past cast members of this run have included Eric Bogosian, Peter Boyle, Connie Britton, Avery Brooks, Gabriel Byrne, Judy Collins, Tim Daly, Kristin Davis, 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, Rob Morrow, Joe Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Harold Perrineau, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Jay O. Sanders, Kyra Sedgwick, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, John Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Lee Tergesen, Marlo Thomas, Kathleen Turner, Robert Vaughn, John Ventimiglia, Ben Vereen, Debra Winger and Montel Williams.
Upcoming casts will include Robert Carradine (June 10-22), Dina Merrill (June 17 22), Mariska Hargitay, Robert Vaughn, (June 24-29), Eric Roberts (July 1-13) and Judy Collins (July 15-20). Artists and dates are subject to change.
The Exonerated plays at Off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker, where it opened Oct. 10. 45 Bleecker is located at 45 Bleecker Street. For reservations, call (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit www.45bleecker.com.