The death penalty and The Exonerated

Acclaimed play about to have its first staging in Galway

Sunny Jacobs and her husband Peter Pringle.

Sunny Jacobs and her husband Peter Pringle.

THE EXONERATED, hailed as “an artful and moving evening of documentary theatre” by Variety, in its examination of the lives and experiences of six people exonerated from death row, has its first staging in Galway this month.

Written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, the production will feature Sunny Jacobs, an American death row exoneree who will be playing herself, and Peter Pringle, an Irishman, also exonerated from a death sentence, playing the role of Gary Gauger, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents. Also in the cast are Lara Campbell, Lelia Campbell, Cormac Culkeen, Sharon Murphy, Bernard McNamara, Iback Lidamlendo, Donald Uviase, Son Gyoh, Orla McGovern, and Darragh O’Brian.

The production is a fundraiser for The Sunny Centre in Connemara, founded in 2015 by Jacobs and Pringle as a healing centre for fellow exonerees from around the globe. Sunny served 17 years in Florida before her release and Peter served nearly 15 years in Ireland before his release. They married six years ago.

The Exonerated is at the Town Hall Theatre this Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are via 091 - 569777, www.tht.ie

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