GovState Theatre and Performance Studies presents

The Exonerated


by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen 

Directed by Patrick Santoro


Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. (post-show talkback with Dr. Quenna Barrett)
Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Performed in Sherman Hall - GENERAL ADMISSION

Tickets: $15

Runtime: 90 mins. No intermission

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The Exonerated combines first-person narrative with letters, transcripts, case files, and legal records to tell the stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row: Delbert Tibbs, Kerry Max Cook, Gary Gauger, David Keaton, Robert Earl Hayes and Sunny Jacobs, and their paths to freedom.

Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

A post-show talkback with Dr. Quenna Barrett will follow the Saturday, April 6 performance.


Meet the Cast


Ernest Isom: Jesse Tafero and Male Ensemble

LaT’ya Johnson: Sue Gauger and Female Ensemble

Dakota Keel: Delbert Tibbs

Kevin Kohn: Kerry Max Cook and Male Ensemble

Marquis Parks: Robert Earl Hayes and Male Ensemble

Samantha Patti: Sandra Cook and Female Ensemble

My’Anna Perdue: Georgia Hayes and Female Ensemble

Stephanie N. Reusz: Sunny Jacobs

Xavier Thompson: David Keaton and Male Ensemble

Joshua Tisdale: Gary Gauger and Male Ensemble


THE EXONERATED is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (


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