The Exonerated

By Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen
Directed by Cat Miller
Co-Produced with Next Theatre Company and presented in partnership with The Center on Wrongful Convictions.

April 19 - May 5, 2013
7:30 p.m. Thurs.
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
2 p.m. Sun.

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Based on real interviews conducted by playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, The Exonerated follows six former Death Row prisoners whose convictions were reversed.  From their trials to their incarcerations to their eventual releases, this award-winning play uses the words of these innocent men and women as they share the stories of everything and everyone that they lost when they were wrongly convicted, as well as the lives they are working to rebuild.  The inaugural collaboration between TIC and Next Theatre Company, The Exonerated will be staged at TIC in partnership with The Center on Wrongful Convictions and will feature a cast of professional and student artists working together on this exploration of the criminal justice system.

Special Event: Join us on opening night for a post-show discussion with acclaimed author Scott Turow!  The discussion also will feature exoneree Juan Rivera and Jeff Urdangen, Director, Center for Criminal Defense, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law.  Single ticket proceeds from the April 19th performance will benefit the Center on Wrongful Convictions. See more Special Events under the tab above.

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation.  This production is supported in part by a grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern.

Photo credit: Austin James and JJ Phillips in The States of America:  The Regina Taylor Project (2010), photo by Andrew Campbell.

Friday, April 19
Join us on opening night for a post-show discussion with acclaimed author Scott Turow!  The discussion also will feature exoneree Juan Rivera and Jeff Urdangen, Director, Center for Criminal Defense, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law.  Single ticket proceeds from the April 19th performance will benefit the Center on Wrongful Convictions. 

Saturday, April 20
Post-show discussion featuring exoneree Delbert Tibbs and attorney Christine Agaiby from the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Sunday, April 21
Post-show discussion featuring attorney Christine Agaiby and exonerees Delbert Tibbs from the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Thursday, April 25
Post-show discussion featuring exoneree Jacques Rivera and case manager Karen Ranos from the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Friday, April 26
Post-show discussion featuring exoneree and Loyola University first-year law student Jarrett Adams and Angela Inzano from Loyola University’s Life After Innocence project.

Saturday, April 27
Post-show discussion featuring Northwestern University doctoral candidate Lisa Biggs speaking on the role of creative judicial activism in prison systems.

Sunday, April 28
Pre-show discussion starting at 12:30 p.m. featuring exoneree-in-waiting Johnnie Lee Savory, exoneree Terrill Swift and exoneree Marcus Lyons from the Center on Wrongful Convictions, and moderated by journalist and former director of the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project Pamela Cytrynbaum.

Thursday, May 2
Post-show discussion featuring senior staff attorney Tom Verdun from The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy.

Friday, May 3
Post-show discussion featuring The Exonerated cast and creative team members.

Saturday, May 4
Post-show discussion featuring exonerees Leroy Orange and Jacques Rivera and attorney Judy Royal from the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Sunday, May 5
Join us on Sunday, May 5, at 1pm, for a pre-show discussion featuring Father Dave Kelly, chaplain for the Jail Ministry at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Other panelists will include two Northwestern students who are participating in Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University’s Prison Visits Ministry. Audience members are invited to visit a one-day-only art exhibition featuring works by the young detainees that will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 5, in the lower level of Sheil, at 2110 Sheridan Road, on the University’s Evanston campus.

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    Opening Night: Post-Show Discussion

    Performance Date with Post-Show Discussion

*All proceeds from single ticket sales for the April 19 performance will benefit The Center on Wrongful Convictions.

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