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Texas State stages award-winning play, The Exonerated

Date of Release: 02/01/2006

SAN MARCOS—The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance presents The Exonerated, a play based on interviews with more than 40 exonerated death-row inmates across the nation.

Written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, performances will be Feb. 8-11 and 14-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. on the Studio Theatre in the Theatre Center on campus.

Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Award for Best Off-Broadway play, the Dramatist Guild Award and the John Gassner Playwriting Award, The Exonerated is a dynamic character study of the impact of one’s freedom and future being torn away has on those wrongly accused. The play, directed by Paige Bishop, feature the stories of six people, including a farmer from the Midwest, a seminary dropout, and a mother of two, all exonerated of capital crimes. They share their stories of courage, inequality, injustice, racism, and survival. All spoken words are taken either directly from the exonerated people themselves, or from court transcripts of their cases. The result is an inspirational and poignant look into the lives of these six people.

Guest Speakers
Joyce Ann Brown, an exonerated individual, will be speaking after performances on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. In addition, attorney Walter Long will speak after the Thursday, Feb. 16 performance.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with a Texas State ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office in the Theatre Center, located at the corner of Moon Street and University Drive.
Media coverage of this project is invited. For further information, contact the Texas State Box Office at (512) 245-2204.