PHOTO CALL: Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy and More Star in Culture Project's Exonerated
By Krissie Fullerton
18 Sep 2012
The Culture Project's 10th anniversary production of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated begins its limited engagement Off-Broadway Sept. 15 with an official opening Sept. 19 for a run through Nov. 4.
Presented in association with The Innocence Project and directed by Bob Balaban, the core non-rotating company of six includes 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.
They are joined by rotating cast members Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy, Steve Earle, John Forté, K’naan, Delroy Lindo, Lyle Lovett, Chris Sarandon and Brooke Shields.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Culture Project’s premiere of The Exonerated, a "ground breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence," according to press notes. It is billed as "a powerful play culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. As timely as ever, The Exonerated is once again poised to increase visibility and to create a sense of urgency as part of a rising movement to restore justice to a system that has shown itself time and again to be deeply flawed."
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