Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Exonerated (full performance)

The Exonerated (full performance) from Culture Project on Vimeo.
Sunny Jacobs was convicted of a crime she did not commit, and lost 16 years of her life to death row. Frighteningly, Sunny's story is not unique. It could, and does happen dozens of times right here, right now, in the United States. The Exonerated tells the true tales of six innocent death row survivors in their own words. In words you won't forget.
The Exonerated played to sold-out crowds at Culture Project's 45 Bleecker Street Theater for 18 months before touring the country with featured performances by Robin Williams, Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Stockard Channing, Avery Brooks, and other distinguished actors. After being seen by over 500,000 people across the country, The Exonerated was made into a Court TV movie starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Aiden Quinn. The Exonerated has raised over $800,000 for the individuals depicted in the play.

The exonerated:

Kerry Max Cook: Convicted of murdering a neighbor in Texas in 1977; exonerated in 1997.

Gary Gauger: Convicted of murdering his mother and father in Illinois in 1993; exonerated in 1996.

Robert Earl Hayes: Black Florida racetrack worker convicted of murdering a white woman in 1990; exonerated in 1997. In 2004, the real Robert Hayes plead guilty to manslaughter and arson in a 1987 rape and murder in New York. He is now serving 15 to 45 years. He is also the prime suspect in rapes in Delaware and New Jersey.

Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs: Convicted, along with common law husband, Jesse Tafero, and his friend, Walter Rhodes, of murdering Philip Black, a Florida state trooper and Donald Irwin, a visiting Canadian constable in 1976; plead no contest and was released in 1992. Tafero was executed in 1990.

David Keaton: Convicted of murdering a Florida police officer in 1971; exonerated in 1973.

Delbert Tibbs: Black Florida man convicted of murdering a white man and raping his girlfriend in 1974; exonerated in 1976. He was eventually freed in 1979 after serving time for an unrelated charge.

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