March 16, 2009 | York College
The York College Theatre begins the Spring semester with the controversial, award-winning play, The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen – 2003 Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, and a Drama Desk Award.
Compiled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record, this play tells the true stories of six people sent to Death Row for crimes they did not commit. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories serve as proof of the enduring nature of the human spirit through life’s most oppressive times, and an inspiration of how human beings may survive the cruelty of injustice.
The Exonerated ran for more than 600 performances off-Broadway and has raised more than $800,000 for the people depicted in the play, who are, by law, not entitled to compensation for their wrongful imprisonment.
The Exonerated showcases the talents of 10 York College students:
Hopeton Allen, Erick Avila, Alex Constantinides, Joseph Grasso, Stephanie Ogeleza, Solomon Peck, Bency Pierre, Ryshon Sheperd, Vashti Valerius, and Crystal Williams.
This production will feature the set design of David T. Jones and the vivid lighting of guest designer, Paul Hudson. CLT, Jessica Pecharsky, member of Actor’s Equity Association, is production/stage manager. Tom Marion, adapter and director of last semester’s Speak Out, will direct.
Only four performances:
• Friday, March 27 at 3pm
• Saturday, March 28 at 8pm
• Sunday, March 29 at 3pm
• Tuesday, March 31 at Noon
All performances will take place in the intimate, 142-seat York College Little Theatre in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11451. Tickets are $10; $8 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance beginning Monday, March 16, Noon – 3 p.m., M-F at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, or visit the PAC, Room 103. For more information, call the York College Performing Art Center (718) 262-5375, or visit York’s website (www.york.cuny.edu).