Favorite

Life and death at the Weekend Theater 


“The Exonerated,” a moving Off-Broadway play that’s been one of the most popular small-house theater shows in New York for several years, will be performed at the Weekend Theater beginning Friday, Nov. 4.

The show, staged as a dramatic reading, is based on actual stories of people throughout the United States who were wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. Some languished in prison for many years before late evidence or other circumstances intervened to save them. On opening night, David Kaczynski, the brother of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, will appear as a guest of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty after the play in a “talkback” session.

Six separate stories, told in alternating style by the “Exonerated” actors and supporting cast, make up the show. Authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen took their material from actual testimonies, arranging them in monologues punctuated with poetry composed by one of the former prisoners. Greg Chatman, Drew Ellis, Jermaine McClure, Martin Maize, Anne Stermock and Alan Douglas are the “Exonerated” actors.

Frank Butler will direct. People on either side of the death penalty issue should find the play compelling, he said.

“What gets me about this play is that these are ordinary people, robbed of their innocence and freedom by a judiciary system that, in its pursuit of justice, turned both a blind eye and a deaf ear to the truth,” Butler said.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday this weekend and Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19. Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The theater is at Seventh and Chester streets (across from Vino’s). Call 374-3761 for reservations.




Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in Best Bets

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Spero heads up songwriting camp

    • A good step in the right direction! Another step would be to unite the women…

    • on July 17, 2017
  • Re: Walter was the worst

    • What a lame review. Walter Becker was never Steely Dan's guitar star...they left that to…

    • on July 17, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation