Set in the segregated society of Louisiana in 1948, A Lesson Before Dying is the powerful story of a young Black man wrongly accused and placed on Death Row. With the increase of state moratoriums on death penalty executions and protests over the impending Texas execution of Francis Newton, who is scheduled to be executed on September 14th, it is also a timely production. Like the novel, the play engages an audience in what Mr. Gaines describes as the test of "grace under pressure." The novel is required reading for many school districts across the country including Houston.
Saturday, September 10 at 8pm
Sunday, September 11 at 3pm
Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30pm