Singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, Broadway vet Chris Sarandon and more will join previously announced rotating cast members Stockard Channing, Brooke Shields and Brian Dennehy in The Exonerated. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s chilling drama will be directed by Bob Balaban and run at off-Broadway’s 45 Bleeker Street. Performances begin September 15.
In addition to Lovett and Sarandon, the rotating cast will also include actor and singer-songwriter Steve Earle (Treme), musician and The Fugees producer John Forte, rapper K’Naan and Delroy Lindo (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone). Sunny Jacobs, whose own experience inspired the show, is scheduled to join the cast from September 25 through 30. A core, non-rotating company will include Jim Bracchitta (The House of Blue Leaves) as Prosecutor 2, Amelia Campbell (A Streetcar Named Desire) as Sandra Cook, Bruce Kronenberg (The Exonerated TV movie) as Prosecutor 1, Curtis McClarin (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk) as David Keaton, April Yvette Thompson (Clybourne Park) as Georgia Hayes and J.D. Williams (The Wire) as Robert Earl Hayes.
The Exonerated is a dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed due to overwhelming evidence of their innocence. The production is culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. The Exonerated premiered at Culture Project in October 2002 where it ran for over 600 performances.
As an actor, Lovett’s film and TV credits include Castle, The Open Road, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Brothers and Sisters, The New Guy, Mad About You and The Opposite of Sex.
Sarandon’s Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Light in the Piazza, Nick & Nora, Censored Scenes From King Kong, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Rothschilds. His film and TV credits include The Princess Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fright Night and Child’s Play.