Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Praises Powerful Pittsburgh Premiere of 'The Exonerated'

Jan 25, 2006, 00:00 ET from Office of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor

    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll
 tonight praised 'The REP,' Point Park University's professional theatre
 company, and the university's Innocence Institute for producing the Pittsburgh
 premiere of "The Exonerated," a nationally award-winning play that tells the
 true stories of six wrongfully convicted death row inmates in their struggle
 for freedom and redemption.
     "This moving and powerful production is a must-see for anyone who has an
 interest in the justice system," said Lt. Governor Knoll, who is chairwoman of
 the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and a longtime advocate for the arts.
 "Theater has many purposes, one of which is to educate.  'The REP' and the
 Innocence Institute have brought to the stage a show that raises our
 consciousness and educates us about one of the most debated issues of our
 time."
     The lieutenant governor joined a sold out crowd for tonight's opening
 production at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, home to 'The REP' theatre company.
 "The Exonerated" was written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and won the 2003
 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.  Ronald Allan-Lindblom, Artistic
 Producing Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, called the script "powerful
 and unforgettable."
     The Innocence Institute at Point Park University investigates claims of
 wrongful convictions; raises awareness about the criminal justice system; acts
 as a resource about criminal justice matters; and provides educational
 training in investigative reporting to college students and professionals.  It
 was founded in 2001 by investigative reporter and journalism professor Bill
 Moushey.
     For more information about Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll visit
 her website at http://www.ltgovernor.state.pa.us .
 
     CONTACT:  Johnna A. Pro of the Office of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant
 Governor, +1-717-783-4290 or +1-717-919-2502 or +1-412-519-8258 or
 jpro@state.pa.us.
 
 

SOURCE Office of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll
 tonight praised 'The REP,' Point Park University's professional theatre
 company, and the university's Innocence Institute for producing the Pittsburgh
 premiere of "The Exonerated," a nationally award-winning play that tells the
 true stories of six wrongfully convicted death row inmates in their struggle
 for freedom and redemption.
     "This moving and powerful production is a must-see for anyone who has an
 interest in the justice system," said Lt. Governor Knoll, who is chairwoman of
 the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and a longtime advocate for the arts.
 "Theater has many purposes, one of which is to educate.  'The REP' and the
 Innocence Institute have brought to the stage a show that raises our
 consciousness and educates us about one of the most debated issues of our
 time."
     The lieutenant governor joined a sold out crowd for tonight's opening
 production at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, home to 'The REP' theatre company.
 "The Exonerated" was written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and won the 2003
 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.  Ronald Allan-Lindblom, Artistic
 Producing Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse, called the script "powerful
 and unforgettable."
     The Innocence Institute at Point Park University investigates claims of
 wrongful convictions; raises awareness about the criminal justice system; acts
 as a resource about criminal justice matters; and provides educational
 training in investigative reporting to college students and professionals.  It
 was founded in 2001 by investigative reporter and journalism professor Bill
 Moushey.
     For more information about Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll visit
 her website at http://www.ltgovernor.state.pa.us .
 
     CONTACT:  Johnna A. Pro of the Office of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant
 Governor, +1-717-783-4290 or +1-717-919-2502 or +1-412-519-8258 or
 jpro@state.pa.us.
 
 SOURCE  Office of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor