Under the artistic direction of Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins, “The Exonerated” chronicles the gut-wrenching true stories of six wrongfully convicted death row inmates. The off-Broadway hit, performed by Los Angeles theater company The Actors’ Gang, is scheduled for five performances April 7-10 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ Johnny Carson Theater, 12th and R streets.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. April 9 and 10. Tickets are on sale here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.
Beyond the stage, the Actors’ Gang will participate in a week-long residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including classroom lectures, acting workshops with UNL theater students and panel discussions centered on wrongful convictions in partnership with the University of Nebraska College of Law.
“The Exonerated” tells the stories of six former death row inmates who are eventually proven innocent and released. Pulling back the curtains on the inner workings of the criminal justice system, the play, constructed as a series of intersecting monologues, is a powerful testament to personal courage and perseverance in the face of systemic injustice.
In the last 33 years, The Actors’ Gang has produced more than 150 plays in Los Angeles, in 41 U.S. states and on five continents. The company was founded in 1981 by a group of young artists looking to build a theater that would present relevant and entertaining plays. Guided by founding artistic director Robbins, the company provides a supportive environment for a diverse ensemble of artists and the development of their groundbreaking work.
The Actors’ Gang ensemble has included such actors as Jack Black, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Helen Hunt, Kate Walsh, Jeremy Piven, Jon Favreau, Kyle Gass and Robbins.