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Sheehan and Alberts in “The Exonerated”

actors exoneratedCommunity Building founder Jim Sheehan and his partner Mary Alberts  are well-known for their activism on behalf of justice. This week they are using their acting chops to further the cause, appearing in the compelling death-penalty drama “The Exonerated” on Friday and Saturday nights at Gonzaga’s Magnuson Theatre.

Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, “The Exonerated ” is a dramatic reading of the actual words of six wrongfully condemned persons, some of whom spent decades on death row, and emerged to reclaim their lives. The drama features the actual words and court transcripts from these cases, and was first produced in Los Angeles and New York in 2002.

This week’s shows are directed by local theater luminaries Bryan Harnetiaux and Jack Delehanty.  Harnetiaux, a lawyer and playwright, directed this play for the Center for Justice at the Spokane Civic Theatre in 2008. Sheehan and Alberts were executive producers of that show, and now  will appear onstage  with a cast of veteran area actors, including Jeff Mooring, David Casteal, Denise Hairston, Michael Reid, Wes Deitrick, Andrew Biviano, Steven Blount, Rusty Nelson  and A’dell Whitehead.

“With 146 exonerations nationally and an undetermined number of innocents still on death row or executed, we should give pause and explore other sentencing options which keep us safe, are less costly, and do not risk the lives of the innocents caught in a broken criminal justice system,” said Shar Lichty, organizer at the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane. ” We hope these powerful performances will increase public awareness and respectful debate on the issue.”


WHEN: Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 7:30pm.

Cost: General admission and student tickets are available for $10
and $5 at

WHERE: Magnuson Theatre-Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone, Spokane, WA 99202


For more information, contact Shar at [email protected] or 509-838-7870

Presented by the Peace and Justice Action League’s Inland NW Death Penalty Abolition Group with support from: Community Building Foundation, Mary
Alberts, Janet Fowler & Tom Schmidt, Myrta & Maurina Ladich, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, ACLU-WA, Center for Justice, Mary Pat Treuthart, Dennis Medina, Yak Research, Pax Christi, KYRS, Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Criminal Law Society-GU Law School, Veterans for Peace-Spokane Chapter, Spokane NAACP, and EWU School of Social Work.




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