By Greg Callaghan, Dead Man Walking Play Project Coordinator
– May 15, 2013 –
The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project is wrapping up an exciting 9th season. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Dead Man Walking at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. Brother Martin School students had the opportunity to visit Angola Prison, the setting of Dead Man Walking, in a tour arranged as part of the school’s long-standing Culture of Life initiative, which includes an annual “Culture of Life Day.” One student reflected on her experience as an actor in the play, saying “What’s so powerful about this play is that it shows us the spectrum of beliefs. … Sister Helen Prejean takes us on a journey. She’s the witness to all points of view. And, it’s not just the death penalty. It’s grief, racism, and human dignity.”
Dead Man Walking was produced in more than eight states this school year. Since the launch of the play project in 2004, six states have abolished the death penalty. Performed in each of those states, the play has served as a powerful educational tool as public support for the death penalty has shifted. If you know of a high school or college that may want to participate in the Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project for the 2013-2014 school year, contact me by e-mail or by phone at (415) 469-9149.
This article first appeared in CMN’s May 2013 Newsletter.