The Exoneratedby Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Imagine spending days, weeks or months in a space that is cold and unfamiliar, with concrete walls and floors, and bars that keep you from going where you want. Jails are not welcoming, nor are they meant to be. Imagine spending years in one, especially if you are not guilty of the crime for which you’ve been convicted.
The Exonerated reveals true stories of exonerated prisoners from interviews and court transcripts, some of whom spent as many as twenty two years behind bars.
Robert D. Mowry
Katherine Michelle Tanner*
KENAJUAN BENTLEY (David) Pleased to be returning to FST. Last seen as Brandon in Next Fall and Jackson - The Miamians. Other Theatres: New York; Edward the Second (Red Bull Theater); The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience); Well (The Public Theater); Macbeth (The Classical Theatre of Harlem). Oregon Shakesphere Festival (5 seasons): Ruined, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All The Way, The Great Society. Film/TV: Law and Order, Scandal, Doll&EM, Grimm, The Young and the Restless, XO, Vital Signs, Famous In Love. Training: MFA, University of Connecticut; BA, Western Michigan University.
KEVIN CRISTALDI (Ensemble) is pleased to return to FST, where he has appeared in The God of Isaac, Next Fall, and Texas Romance. Off-Broadway: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Masterworks), Dish for the Gods (Lion Theatre), Dirty Talk (Center Stage), and Message to Michael (Rattlestick Theatre). Regional: To Kill a Mockingbird (Cincinnati Playhouse), When I Come to Die (Kansas City Rep), The Last Station (Vermont Stage). Television: Criminal Minds, Gilmore Girls, Numbers. Film: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (coming in 2018).
LAWRENCE EVANS (Delbert) Florida Studio Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors, Ruined, Triad Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, freeFall Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Short North Stage. Television: All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Law & Order. Film: State Property II, The Devil Wears Prada. He studied theatre at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan.
SUSAN GREENHILL (Sunny) FST: Becoming Dr. Ruth, Chapatti, Shirley Valentine, Dinner With Friends (SRQ Award), …and LA Is Burning, Molly Sweeney, Don’t Dress For Dinner. Broadway: Crimes Of The Heart. Off-Broadway: Primary Stages, Culture Project, Playwrights Horizon, Actors’ Studio Theatre Regional: Clean House (Acclaim Award), Sideman (Barrymore Award), The Glass Menagerie, 4000 Miles. TV/Film: The Good Wife, Law & Order, Chappelle Show, Guiding Light, Clarrissa Explains It All, Pecker (John Waters director), Italian Movie, Noon Blue Apples (Sundance Festival), Bargain on Hale Street.
WARREN JACKSON (Robert) Recently appearing as Junior in FST’s brownsville song, Warren is excited to return to the FST stage in another important piece. NY credits include: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Masterworks; Titus Andronicus, NYSX; Talking To Westfield, Premier Stages. Some regional: Tempest, NC Shakespeare Festival; Fences, Clarence Brown Theater & Gloucester Stage; In Darfur, WAM Theater; NEA national tours: Macbeth, AL Shakespeare Festival, Romeo & Juliet, Chicago Shakespeare. Nominated:Black Theatre Alliance of Chicago for Best Featured Actor, Victory Garden’s Shoes, and Midwest Emmy board for Best Ensemble with Chicago’s Green Screen Adventures. MFA: University of Arizona.
ROBERT D. MOWRY (Ensemble) Bob is happy to be returning to the boards at FST, where he has appeared numerous times over the last twenty years. Most recently Bob was seen in the first two installments of The People’s Project - Old Enough to Know Better and Last Rights. He is looking forward to installment number three.
JEFFREY PLUNKETT (Kerry) FST: Freud’s Last Session, The Columnist, Race, Sylvia, Opus, Permanent Collection (Best Actor Nominee - Sarasota Magazine), Pure Confidence, The Gambol of Love. NEW YORK: Cherry Lane Theatre (with Mia Dillon and Joyce Van Patten), Manhattan Theatre Source (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee), Algonquin Theatre, Broad Horizons. Jeffrey played Greg in over 350 performances of The Sum of Us. REGIONAL: Syracuse Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Capitol Rep, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Three Rivers’ Shakespeare Festival, Chicago’s Body Politic, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, GeVA, Fairfield Theatre Company, South Jersey Regional Theatre, and The Metro Lyric Opera. TV: All My Children, Deadline. FILM: Millennium Crisis, FireFly, Solar Vengeance, Alien Uprising, and Clonehunters.
DAVID SITLER (Gary) David is thrilled to be revisiting this amazing play and return to FST for his hat trick having last performed here as Jack Abbott in In The Belly Of The Beast (Sarasota Magazine Award) and The Exonerated. He was last seen in Yours, Anne at the Half Moon Theatre in NY as Otto Frank and has worked on Broadway, National tours and regionally from Maine to Utah in roles from Atticus to Scrooge. You can catch him in the hilarious web series Plant: The Second Coming. More info at www.davidsitler.com.
KAREN STEPHENS (Georgia, Judge, Darla, State Prosecutor) is thrilled to be back at FST after appearing in the Southeastern premiere of Sarah Jones’ Tony Award-winning, one-woman show, Bridge & Tunnel. She was recently seen in the developmental production of Allison Gregory’s, Motherland, at FAU’s Theatre Lab, and as GOD in MTC’s Everyman. A multiple Carbonell nominee, Karen was awarded Best Actress for Zoetic Stage’s Fear Up Harsh. TV appearances include Bloodline, Burn Notice, The Glades. For more info www.karenstephensonline.com
KATHERINE MICHELLE TANNER (Sue, Sandra) Off Broadway and US Tour of her award winning performance in the one woman play The Amish Project. Regional Favorite Roles Include: Nora - A Doll’s House, Margaret in Charm, Catherine - Proof, Ivy - August: Osage County, Catharine - Suddenly, Last Summer, Myrrah - Metamorphoses, Ophelia - Hamlet, Heather – Gidion’s Knot, Molly/Carole Stalking the Bogeyman and Laura - The Glass Menagerie. Current Film she plays Mary in Waiting on Mary. Katherine has written three new musicals and her acclaimed new play Shakespeare’s Lovers. BA-St. Olaf College, MFA Acting - Asolo Theatre Conservatory. She is Artistic Director of Tree Fort Productions.
Director | Kate Alexander
Stage Manager | Marian Wallace*
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Sarah McGrath
Sound Designer | Jon Baker
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.