The Exonerated


Connecticut Heritage Productions will present Jessica Blanks's and Erik Jensen's award winning play, The Exonerated.  In the words of six criminal defendants who were wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death, but later exonerated, the play explores a criminal justice system more intent on obtaining convictions than fulfilling its promise of due process and equal justice.  

Following the play's presentation on Thursday June 19 James Tillman who was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and later found not guilty following the discovery of DNA evidence after having served 18 1/2 years of his sentence will speak to the audience about his experience.  He will be joined by his attorneys Gerard A. Smyth, former  Connecticut Chief Public Defender and Karen Goodrow, Director of the Connecticut Innocence Project. Also on the panel will be Michael Lefebvre, an attorney with the Connecticut Innocence Project, who as a police officer was falsely accused of a crime and arrested. Following a jury trial, Attorney Lefebvre was acquitted.

Following the production on Thursday June 26 there will be a similar discussion involving Attorneys Smyth, Goodrow and Lefebvre.

Both discussions will focus on the reasons for wrongful convictions, the process utilized by the Innocence Project to reverse these convictions and suggestions for avoiding this type of  injustice in the future.

The Exonerated will be presented on Thursday June 19 and 26, Friday June 20 and 27, Saturday June 21 and 28 at 8:00p.m.  There will also be Sunday performances on June 22 and June 29 at 7pm. All performances will be at the Green Street Theatre, 51 Green Street, Middletown, CT.  For reservations call 860-347-7771. Admission: seniors, students and those making prior reservations $12.00, at the door  $15.00.

These performances are made possible in part by a grant from the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.