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.
The Exonerated adapted by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen will play from April 19, 2017 - April 29, 2017 in the Keating Theatre. Single Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the box office at (941) 366-9000.
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Director | Kate Alexander
Stage Manager | Marian Wallace*
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Sarah McGrath
Sound Designer | Jon Baker
Robert D. Mowry
Katherine Michelle Tanner*
* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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.
KATE ALEXANDER (Director) is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including brownsville song (b-side for tray); Clever Little Lies; Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; Over The River And Through The Woods; Chapatti; Dancing Lessons; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War...; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. Ms. Alexander has also been a resident actress for over 25 years. Some of her leading roles were in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, The Occupant, The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award. Ms. Alexander leads the FST Forums Series and developed the Blue Butterfly Theatre Program, a program for teens suffering from grief through loss. She created the Art of The Gesture program at Ringling College of Animation and is the co-author of The Animated Short, with Karen Sullivan, now in its 2nd edition.Ms. Alexander most recently performed a reading from Elie Wiesels’ book, Night, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation, the Violins of Hope, and the Sarasota Orchestra.
MARIAN WALLACE (Stage Manager) Former Production Stage Manager. In 2010 Marian retired from Asolo Repertory Theatre after a 43 year run. In 2014-15 Marian stage managed Dancing Lessons for Florida Studio Theatre from staged reading though production and run. In 2015 Marian and retired company member Brad Wallace celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family at - where else?- Old Faithful. Marian loves her retirement but is thrilled to be back at FST working on The Exonerated.
BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager. In 2004 Mr. Price was promoted to Production Manager. In the past 14 years Mr. Price has stage managed over 36 productions and over seen the technical aspects of over 100 productions here at FST. During his 30 years in theatre Mr. Price has designed sets, lights and costumes for dozens of productions. He designed the sets for FST’s productions of Gidion’s Knot, Stalking the Bogeyman, Deck The Halls!, The Velveteen Rabbit, Thurgood, My Name Is Asher Lev, and Relativity. In addition, Mr. Price has directed a number of Staged Readings and Children’s plays for FST. Mr. Price has a MFA in Directing from the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Albee, Jose Quintero, and Stewart Ostro. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage. He has found his home here at FST.
SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) Recent designs for Florida Studio Theatre include Older Than Dirt; Piano Men; Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; Yesterday; Soul Mates: A Journey to Hitsville; American Pie; Chapatti; Becoming Dr. Ruth; Too Darn Hot; Freud’s Last Session; Poems, Prayers and Promises; The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys; and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers. FST Costume Shop Manager from 2009 to 2016.
SARAH MCGRATH (Lighting Designer under the direction of Bruce Price) the current lighting intern, is very excited to design this production. This will be her second lighting design at FST, the first being this year’s production of Under 6, where she is also the Stage Manager. She is currently a senior at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX and will graduate with a BFA in theatre in May of 2017. She lives by the quote, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
JON BAKER (Sound Designer under the direction of Thom Korp) is an intern at FST and is pleased to be sound designing The Exonerated. He has sound designed for his university for Medea and Good People, and his FST credits include Million Dollar Quartet and brownsville song (b-side for tray), and he has sound designed Clever Little Lies, Stalking the Bogeyman, and The Dragon vs The Hiccups & Other Winning Plays.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: The Honorable Larry L. Eger, The Office of Public Defender, and Major Bell.
The Exonerated is part of the 16/17 Forums Series - Dialogues on Diversity. To learn more about upcoming discussions and events click here.
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“Performances from the heart” - The Observer
“Has the clarity of a catechism” - The Observer
“The unvarnished truth” - The Observer
“Kudos to the playwrights and the talents of FST” - The Observer
“Strong presentation” - Total Theater
“Articulate” - Total Theater
“Emotive power” - Total Theater
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