“Dead Man Walking” and Capital Punishment To Be Focus on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham Campus During Week of April 23
“Dead Man Walking” the play written by Tim Robbins and based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated book by Sister Helen Prejean, will be performed on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham campus in Dreyfuss Theater from Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 matinee on Sunday, April 29.
The play, “Dead Man Walking,” was written by actor/director Tim Robbins to encourage discussion about capital punishment. The live theater version was written after Robbins directed the highly successful movie based on the book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States” by Sister Prejean. She counseled many death row prisoners and their grieving families and came to suspect that not all those condemned were guilty.
In a related event, the public is invited to a free panel discussion on capital punishment on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building. The panel will consist of Eddie Hicks, whose daughter was murdered, representing Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, and participant with the NJ on the Death Penalty Study Commission; Kathleen Garcia, an advocate for victims and a Commissioner who represents the Crime Victims Law Center; Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, member of the NJ Death Penalty Study Commission; Kirk Bloodworth, a death row exoneree and advocate for elimination of the death penalty; and Ed Martone, of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP) who will report on the status of pending NJ legislation.
In addition, the Library will exhibit a number of books relating to capital punishment during the week of April 24. The public may view them during library hours. Call 973-443-8615 to verify hours.
Tickets to the theater production of “Dead Man Walking” are $10; students with ID, $5. They may be purchased at the door or by calling 973-443-8644 ext. 4. For further information, contact Stephen Hollis, 973-443-8467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.