The Exonerated



New Everett Theater presents The Exonerated, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's true-life stage play. Six characters who were convicted of crimes they didn't commit and spent years on various death rows before their cases were re-examined and new evidence lead to their being set free. A script pieced together from actual court transcripts, depositions, letters, and interviews, each of these six characters, some of them accompanied by a spouse, recounts his or her story from beginning (crime, arrest, and conviction) to end (i.e., exculpation and readjustment to the outside world, where they must "practice to be human again"). Some of the material is shocking, reflecting outrageously inept and/or prejudicial work on the part of law enforcement, legal representatives, and/or court officials. Other characters are introduced via occasional re-enactments of police interrogations, trial testimony, and such, but for the most part it's the six principals who dominate the stage. A show not to be missed. Due to language and subject matter, this show is not suitable for children.

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