By Andrew Gans
10 Sep 2012
Presented in association with The Innocence Project and directed by Bob Balaban, the core non-rotating company of six will include Jim Bracchitta as Prosecutor 2, Amelia Campbell as Sandra Cook, Bruce Kronenberg as Prosecutor 1, Curtis McClarin as David Keaton, April Yvette Thompson as Georgia Hayes and JD Williams as Robert Earl Hayes.
Exoneree Sunny Jacobs, whose story is shared within the play, joins the cast for one week, Sept. 25-30.
Since 1989, when the first DNA exoneration took place, an additional 292 post-conviction DNA exonerations have been won in 36 states.
“When authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen -- newly in love and wildly enthusiastic -- first approached me with their idea for The Exonerated I got chills,” Allan Buchman, Culture Project founder and artistic director, said in a statement. “It occurred to me then that ideas like theirs were the reason to have a theater. There are 2.4 million people in the American prison system -- a population that is all but invisible to the general public. The Exonerated, with its narrative of struggle courage and hope, sheds crucial light on elements of our criminal justice system that must be changed. I believe that work this compelling can absolutely spur seismic and vital social change. Yes, this is the reason to have a theater, and how lucky for us that we have our theater back!”
The Exonerated premiered at Culture Project in October 2002 when it received critical acclaim and ran for over 600 performances.
Show times will be Tuesday-Thursday at 8 PM, Friday at 7 PM, Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM.
Tickets are priced at $75, with student tickets at $30, and available online at cultureproject.org or via phone by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111. Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street.