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UW Examines Death Penalty in Reading, Panel Discussion

Oct. 3, 2006 -- The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with St. Paul's Newman Center, will host two events to accompany the department's "Dead Man Walking" production.

The UW College of Law will present a staged reading of "The Exonerated," a hard-hitting docudrama about six wrongfully-convicted survivors of death row and their ensuing struggle for freedom and redemption, Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Center main stage. Proceeds from tickets, which cost $10, go to the Public Interest Law Fund.

Additionally, a panel discussion on the death penalty will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Room 142 of the College of Law building. Kerry Max Cook, one of the exonerated depicted in "Dead Man Walking," will participate in the discussion. As a result of “gross police and prosecutorial misconduct,” Cook served 22 years on Texas' notorious death row for a murder he did not commit. In 1999, DNA testing confirmed Cook was innocent.

The Department of Theatre and Dance's production, "Dead Man Walking," continues through Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts Center main stage. A matinee performance will be offered Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, and $7 for students. For tickets call the ticket office (307) 766-6666, stop by the Fine Arts Center box office (10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays) or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

The production is adapted from Tim Robbins' Academy Award-winning film of the same name based on Sister Helen Prejean's Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of her experiences with death row inmates.

Rebecca Hilliker, UW Department of Theatre and Dance head and professor, says "We hope this production, the reading of 'The Exonerated' and the panel discussion will encourage meaningful discourse on this controversial issue."

The discussion is part of the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project to stimulate dialogue on capital punishment.

Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006

 


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