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Press Release for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

UNF Presents 'Dead Man Walking' Play and Death Penalty Panel

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Department of English will present Tim Robbins’ “Dead Man Walking” production, a play based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of an Execution” and the 1997 Hollywood film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.

In 2002, Robbins wrote the play script and he and Prejean formed The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project, an initiative sponsored by the Death Penalty Resource Network in order to raise awareness and foster discourse on this social issue.

“The Dead Man Walking” play, which features UNF students and members of the community, will open Saturday, April 5, and will run through April 8, and again on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. All performances are at 8 p.m. in the Andrew Robinson Theater on the UNF campus. A final matinee will also run on Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the Andrew Robinson Theater.

General admission is $12. Students with an ID and senior adults are $5. Tickets are available through the UNF ticket box office at (904) 620-2878 or may be purchased at the door.

In addition to the “Dead Man Walking” production, the departments of English and Criminology and Criminal Justice will present a panel discussion on the death penalty at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in the Brooks College of Health.

Featuring UNF faculty and Jacksonville community leaders, the panel will address issues such as justice, reconciliation, victims’ families and ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the “Dead Man Walking” production or the death penalty panel, contact UNF’s Department of English at (904) 620-2273.