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“[A]stark, spellbinding play [and] a profoundly moving excursion through the cracks in the justice system.” -Washington Post
“The play is on the one hand a devastating memorial to injustice but it also pays handsome tribute to the resilience of human hearts and minds.” _-Variety_
“Both compelling and deeply moving… This documentary-style presentation relating the true stories of people exonerated of their crimes while serving on death row is a riveting theatrical experience.” —Hollywood Reporter
“Intense and deeply affecting_”—New York Times_


Their stories, told in their words. Stories you won’t ever forget.

Heart-breaking and uplifting verbatim theatre, The Exonerated is a powerful take on the death penalty culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record. Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen The Exonerated played off-Broadway to sell-out audiences for two years, has toured across the US and received rapturous applause, standing ovations and further critical acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

The playwrights became inspired to write a play about people exonerated from prison for crimes they did not commit after attending a death penalty conference in 1999 at Columbus University. The Exonerated reveals the flaws and limitations of the U.S. criminal justice system. At the same time, its compelling stories serve as prime examples of the strength of the human spirit.

After much research and many interviews, Blank and Jensen selected the powerful, real-life stories of six individuals, such as Gary, a Midwestern hippie and organic farmer, wrongly convicted of murdering his parents; Sunny, a yoga teacher from California, wrongly convicted of murdering two police officers; and Kerry, who spent 22 of his 45 years in prison for the murder of a woman in Texas.

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