Sister Helen Prejeans name might ring a bell because of Susan Sarandons performance in Dead Man Walking Tim Robbinss 1995 film about a Roman Catholic nun and her relationship with a death-row inmate, based on Prejeans 1993 memoir of the same name but its about to ring an alarm in Boulder, where Naropa Universitys BFA in Performance and Peace Studies programs have collaborated on a stage adaptation. Turns out Prejean wasnt content to let the capital-punishment conversation die fifteen years ago, so she solicited Robbins to write a play specifically for high-school and college students to perform.
Her intention is to continue to facilitate discourse to get people talking about the death penalty, whether theyre pro- or anti-, says Joan Bruemmer, who directs the play. From Naropa Universitys Buddhist-inspired perspective, its talking a lot about compassion, even compassion for people whove done terrible things. The play itself is pretty similar to the movie, except that its a little bit more expansive in terms of addressing the victims families and giving them a voice.
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The production opens tonight at 8 p.m., with a second show tomorrow at 8, in the Performing Arts Center on Naropas Arapahoe campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for all past and present Naropa community members with ID. For more information, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-245-4798.
Fri., April 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 1, 8 p.m., 2010