The Exonerated

THE EXONERATED—A FUNDRAISER FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN INNOCENCE CENTER

People Productions opens the 2015-16 performance season with a production of The Exonerated for the purpose of raising funds in support of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC), a local nonprofit that works to correct and prevent the wrongful conviction of innocent people in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming.

The Exonerated is a docudrama written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen about five men and a woman who spent from two to 22 years on Death Row for crimes they didn’t commit.  Through interviews, letters, court transcripts, and case files, The Exonerated paints a vivid picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong.  The system’s victims include Delbert Tibbs, a poet whose only crime was hitchhiking while black; Gary Geiger, an organic farmer convicted of murdering his parents; David Keaton, a frightened 18-year old who lost his faith; Kerry Max Cook, who witnessed over a hundred of his fellow inmates go to their death; Robert Earl Hayes, guilty of dating a white girl in Mississippi; and Sunny Jacobs, kept on Death Row 13 years after the actual perpetrator confessed to the crime.  Moving from first-person monologues to courtroom confrontations, The Exonerated weaves together griping tales of systemic failure and human resilience.

In the last 30 years over 150 death row inmates, as well as over 1,500 other wrongfully convicted men and women, have been exonerated in the United States.  The RMIC is just one of the organizations paving the road to justice.

TICKETS:

Tickets can reserved in advance at the People Productions website (www.peopleproductions.org), or purchased at the door.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, October 16 (7:30p.m.)                                                                                                                                                    

S.J. Quinney College of Law (Moot Courtroom, 6th floor)                                                                                                   Located on the Northeast corner of 400 South (South Campus Drive) and University Street (1340 East) Parking for the performance is free in the Rice Eccles Stadium Lot

Saturday, October 17 (7:30 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                Salt Lake Community College, South Campus, Black Box Theatre                                                                                             1575 South State Street                                                                                                                                                                                   

Free performance sponsored by Now Playing in Utah.  A Q&A will be held after the performance.

Sunday, October 18 (2 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                                 

S.J. Quinney College of Law (Moot Courtroom, 6th floor).                                                                                                  Located on the Northeast corner of 400 South (South Campus Drive) and University Street (1340 East) Parking for the performance is free in the Rice Eccles Stadium Lot

Friday, October 23 (7:30 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                    

University of Utah Social Work Building Auditorium (room 134)                                                                                                   395 South, 1500 East

Q&A on October 23 following the show!

Saturday, October 24 (7:30 p.m.)                                                                                                                                                University of Utah Social Work Building Auditorium (room 134)                                                                                                  395 South, 1500 East

Sunday, October 25 (2:00 p.m.)                                                                                                                                          University of Utah Social Work Building Auditorium (room 134)                                                                                         

395 South, 1500 East

 

For more information about the performances, please contact Richard Scharine at 801-485-2497.

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center and their work, please visit their website (www.rminnocence.org), or contact RMIC Executive Director Marla Kennedy at 801-355-1888.

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