Sunday Meeting - Ethics and the Theater

Richard Van Deusen Presides

The Exonerated

Kerry Max Cook made a mistake: He stole the town sheriff's car. After that, he was the prime suspect whenever any crime occurred, from a lost cat to, finally, a murder, for which he spent 22 years on death row before DNA evidence cleared him. Kerry is one of six men and women wrongly convicted and sentenced to death, and ultimately exonerated, who are the subjects of The Exonerated, a documentary play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. Blank and Jensen used interview and trial transcripts to allow these people to tell their stories in their own voices. And their voices are extremely powerful: In 2002, Blank and Jensen presented The Exonerated for Governor George Ryan of Illinois. On January 11, 2003, just two days before leaving office, Governor Ryan commuted the sentences of everyone on or waiting to be sent to Illinois's death row.

Cast: Carole Chamlin,  Jerry Chamlin,  Curt Collier,  Dan Hanson,  Andra Miller,  Shaun Roberts,  Gregory Taylor,  Monica Weiss.

Director: Gregory Taylor




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  • David H.

    Very good discussions. I was very excited to learn more about the innocence project. I wish there had been time to talk a little more about the play (The Exonerated) and discuss some of the underlying ethical ideas specific to the play. The Innocence project discussion was fascinating though and I really was impressed with audience questions about DNA technology

    March 31, 2013

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