The Exonerated will feature a rotating cast of astounding actors. Please check this page for updates on cast schedule.
Anthony Arkin (Kerry Max Cook) Film: Neal Cassady, Anything Else, Hollywood Ending, Pipe Dream, Revolution #9, Two Family House (2000 Sundance Audience Award-winner), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, Full Moon High, Samuel Beckett is Coming Soon (short subject), An Actor Despairs (short subject). TV: “The Good Wife,” “Damages,” “100 Centre Street,” “Deadline,” “Harry,” “The Color of Friendship,” “Necessary Parties,” “A Matter of Principle.” Theater: Medieval Play (Signature Theater), Make Me (Atlantic Theater), I’m Not Rappaport (Broadway/Coconut Grove/Papermill Playhouse), Waverly Gallery (Promenade Theatre), Power Plays (Promenade Theatre), ACT (Seattle), A Map of Doubt and Rescue (New York Stage & Film), War in Paramus (HB Studios), Skitaletz (The Wanderer) (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center), and Forgive Me, Evelyn Bunns (Asolo), among others.
Performing: Nov 6-11
Stockard Channing (Sunny Jacobs) work on stage includes, New York: Other Desert Cities (Tony Nominated), Six Degrees of Separation (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Obie and Drama League awards), Four Baboons Adoring the Sun (Tony nom.), House of Blue Leaves (Tony, DD noms.), The Little Foxes, Hapgood (DD nom.), Pal Joey (Tony and DD noms.), Joe Egg (Tony Award, DD nom.), The Lion in Winter (Tony nom.), Woman in Mind (DD award), The Rink, and The Golden Age. London: Awake and Sing! (Almeida), Six Degrees of Separation (Royal Court and Comedy; Olivier Award nom.). Dublin: The Importance of Being Earnest (Gaity). Film includes Six Degrees of Separation (Oscar, Golden Globe noms.), The Business of Strangers (London Critics Circle Award, AFI nom.), Where the Heart Is, Practical Magic, The First Wives Club, Smoke (SAG nom.), Grease (People’s Choice Award), The Fortune (Golden Globe nom.). Television achievements include one Golden Globe nom., 13 Emmy noms., and 7 SAG noms., for “Out of Practice,” “The Truth About Jane,” “Baby Dance,” “Unexpected Family,” “Road to Avonlea,” “Perfect Witness,” and “Echoes in the Darkness.”; two Emmy and SAG Award wins in 2002 for “The West Wing” and “The Matthew Shepard Story”; “Jack” (Daytime Emmy); “On Tidy Endings” (ACE Award).
Performing: Sep 15 – 23
Kathleen Chalfant (Sunny Jacobs) Broadway: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: Wit ( Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Connecticut Critics Circle Award, as well as her second Obie Award), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Bloomer Girl (City Center Encores!), Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Twelve Dreams (directed by James Lapine), Henry V (directed by Doug Hughes, Callaway Award). Other New York Credits: The Vagina Monologues (West Side Arts Theatre), True History and Real Adventures (Vineyard), Phaedra in Delirium (CSC), Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame (directed by David Esbjornson), The Party (from three stories by Virginia Woolf), Three Poets (by Romulus Linney), Sister Mary Ignatius…, Just Say No (by Larry Kramer), The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador (NYTW). London & Los Angeles: Wit (LA Ovation Award). Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sundance Playwrights Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, American Masterpiece Theatre and others. Film: Duplicity, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, The Laramie Project, Random Hearts (a Sydney Pollock film starring Harrison Ford), Murder and Murder (directed by Yvonne Rainer), Bob Roberts, Five Corners, Jumpin’ at the Boneyard, Dream Work (with Eric Bogosian), A Price Below Rubies (directed by Boaz Yakin), The Last Days of Disco, The Pornographer, and Side Streets. Television: recurring on “Rescue Me” and “The Guardian”; also “Mercy” “Voices from the White House” (PBS), “A Death in the Family” (American Masterpiece Theatre/PBS), “Storm of the Century” (Stephen King miniseries for ABC); “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” ,“Prince Street,” “Spin City,” “LA Law,” “One Life to Live.” AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
Performing: Nov 27 – Dec 1
Kerry Max Cook (as himself) was called the most persecuted man in America. He was 20-years old when he was wrongly arrested for the rape and murder of an East Texas woman. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death twice and spent well over two decades on the worst death row in America in Texas. Kerry Cook is the best-selling author of Chasing Justice, a Soros Open Society Institute Senior Justice Fellow, media consultant, law school presenter, Continuing Legal Instructor, and an expert on helping others believe in their dream. What is Kerry’s message? Forgiveness, finding your voice, always pursue your dreams, and no matter what, never give up. With the right attitude, we can be invincible. Variables of Kerry’s teachings appear in over 28 books worldwide. Kerry himself is a frequent contributor, writing for several state and national publications. Kerry and his wife, Sandy, live in Asheville, North Carolina and are the proud parents of their twelve-year old son, Kerry Justice Cook.
Performing: Oct 19-21
Brian Dennehy (Gary Gauger) has maintained a strong presence in film, theatre, and television for three decades. He has twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor: honored for playing James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and for playing Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The latter production was also filmed for Showtime with Dennehy also serving as executive producer. The television version subsequently earned Dennehy a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award nomination. He revived the role of Willy Loman in London’s West End in 2005 for which he received the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor. Dennehy is well-known to audiences worldwide for his performances in such popular films as Semi-Tough, Foul Play, 10, First Blood, Cocoon, F/X, Presumed Innocent, Tommy Boy and Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Other notable screen credits include Gorky Park, Never Cry Wolf, Finders Keepers, Silverado, Twice in a Lifetime, Best Seller, The Belly of an Architect (for which he received Best Actor honors at the Chicago Film Festival), Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, 10th & Wolf, Righteous Kill, and Meet Monica Velour. He voiced the role of Babe Ruth in Everyone’s Hero and was the voice of Remy’s father, Django, in the hit film Ratatouille. Recently, Mr. Dennehy has completed work on the features Alleged, Every Day with Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt, the Paul Haggis’ directed The Next Three Days and the Jack Black starrer The Big Year, directed by David Frankel. Dennehy has starred in a wide range of television projects, receiving Emmy Award nominations for his performances in the miniseries “The Burden of Proof,” “Murder in the Heartland,” “To Catch a Killer” (in which he played John Wayne Gacy), and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s telefilm “Killing in a Small Town.” His characterization of police investigator Jack Reed anchored a successful series of telefilms that he starred in for NBC throughout the 1990s, several of which he executive produced, co-wrote, and directed. He also directed and starred in the telefilms “Shadow of a Doubt” (which he co-wrote and co-produced) and “Indefensible.” In 2005, Dennehy received his fifth Emmy nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor in Showtime’s “Our Fathers.” Brian has been associated for two decades with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre (on whose Board he serves), where he has starred in numerous productions including Galileo, Desire Under the Elms, which he also took to Broadway, and most recently performed a one-man repertory production of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie in conjunction with Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Other notable stage work includes Translations (Broadway); All’s Well That Ends Well and Krapp’s Last Tape at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada; and Hughie at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Trinity Repertory Theatre, and the Long Wharf Theatre; Peter Brook’s production of The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Richard Nelson’s Conversations in Tusculum at The Public Theater in N.Y.; Trumbo, which he starred in Off-Broadway and on tour; Wisdom Bridge Theatre’s production of Rat in the Skull; Says I, Says He at both The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. and The Phoenix Theatre in N.Y.; and The Exonerated, in which he starred Off-Broadway and on tour. He also starred in the Court TV film version of the play. Dennehy will next be on stage the summer of 2013 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival performing the roles of Earl of Shrewsbury in Mary Stuart and Pozzo in Waiting For Godot.
Performing: Sep 15-23
Keir Dullea (Gary Gauger) has been a professional actor for 50 years. Best known as “Cmdr. Dave Bowman” in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Mr. Dullea appeared in the revival of I Never Sang For My Father at the Clurman Theatre off-Broadway. Mr. Dullea appeared in the film The Accidental Husband (2008) with Colin Firth and Uma Thurman, and The Good Shepherd (2006), directed by Robert De Niro, in which he played Angelina Jolie’s father. He made his film debut in Hoodlum Priest (1961), and earned a 1963 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer for his role in David and Lisa (1963) His twenty-five films include playing opposite Lawrence Olivier in Bunny Lake Is Missing (1966), and Lana Turner in Madame X (1966). His stage work on Broadway includes Butterflies Are Free (1969) and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley (1974); in 1992, he was F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Other Side of Paradise off-Broadway; recently in NY he has performed in Strings at the 78th Street Theater Lab and Mary Rose at the Vineyard Theatre. He has also made the rounds of Connecticut’s regional theaters, including the Westport Country Playhouse, Stamford Theater Works and the Hartford Stage Company. Most recently he’s appeared in Tales of Hollywood as Heinrich Mann at the Guthrie Theatre. Television credits include “Castle,” “Law & Order,” “The Guiding Light,” “Murder She Wrote,” and “Bonanza,” among others.
Performing: Nov 6-11
Steve Earle (Gary Gauger), a protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award-winning albums The Revolution Starts…Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). Earle’s latest release, I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is his 14th Studio Album and was released in 2011. Last year also saw the release of Earle’s critically-acclaimed debut novel, also titled I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The novel imagines the troubled life of Doc Ebersole as he is haunted by the ghost of his former patient and friend, Hank Williams. Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.” Additionally, Earle has been a featured actor on the HBO Original Series The Wire and Treme, and has also been seen on “Law & Order,” as well as the major motion picture Leaves of Grass. He is married to the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer and the couple live in New York City.
Performing: Oct 16-21 & Nov 23-25
John Forté (Delbert Tibbs): Few people understand second chances better than violinist turned Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-producer John Forté. After a full scholarship to the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy and attending New York University Forté first achieved acclaim for his collaboration with The Fugees during the 1990s, for which he received a Grammy nomination for the multi-platinum album The Score. To date, Forté has also released four solo albums. Forté was arrested on drug charges in 2000 and received a mandatory minimum 14-year sentence, where he reunited with his music by teaching himself guitar (and his fellow inmates) in prison. He also returned to academia by enrolling in the London School of Economics. Through the dedication of those who tirelessly campaigned on his behalf, including singer Carly Simon, Forté’s was one of only eleven commutations granted by President George W. Bush on November 24, 2008. Upon release Forté released StyleFREE, his first EP in eight years. Forté is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Le Castle, a production company for projects in music, film and other creative fields. “Every day I strive to make something beautiful, bringing the best out of an artist that I can,” explains Forté (www.lecastle.com). In 2011, Forté served as the subject of a feature-length documentary about his life and his nine week tour across the Trans-Siberian Railway, entitled The Russian Winter, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, 2012.
Performing: Oct 9-14
Kathryn Grody (Sunny Jacobs) fled Los Angeles, arrived in New York City, and found herself employed on Broadway in Scapino. Off-Broadway: Fishing (The Public), Museum (dir by Max Stafford-Clark), Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks (dir by A.J Antoon), and Lulu Bett (Berkshire Theatre Festival). Ms. Grody received Obie Awards for her performances in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, dir by Max Stafford-Clark and The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang, dir by Jerry Zaks, as well as a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in her three character one woman play, A Mom’s Life, all at The Public. Other performances include Dusa Fish Stas and Vi (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Split (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Cause Maggie’s Afraid of the Dark, The 49 Years by Liz Swados (Actors Studio Raw Space), Waxing West (The Lark), and Victoria Roberts cartoon come to life (Dixon Place). Film appearances include Limbo, Men With Guns, My Body Guard, Lemon Sisters with Diane Keaton and Carol Kane, Another Woman by Woody Allen and Reds by Warren Beatty. Ms. Grody’s television appearances include “The Sunset Gang” with Uta Hagen, “Execution of Private Slovik” with Martin Sheen, and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” among others. Kathryn Grody performed with A.C.T. in San Francisco, the Actors Theatre of Louisville and was a company member at the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. Her essays have appeared in The Mountain Record, Harper’s BazaarO the Oprah magazine, and her narrative version of the original Mom’s Life was published by Avon. She appeared in the world premiere of two Wendy Wasserstein plays, directed by Michael Barakeeva at Theatre J in Washington D.C., originated the role of Maggie in The Penetration Play (The Mint), performed the classic role of Nell in Beckett’s Endgame (Irish Repetory Theatre), played Ariel to Olympia Dukakis’ Prospero in a workshop at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, braved the Barrow Street Theatre with Tim Crouch in The Oak Tree, and was proud to participate in the reading of Caryl Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children at NYTW. She is working with Bob Balaban on the sequel to A Mom’s Life, falling apart….together… She played Hinda in Zuzka Kurtz’s My Inner Soul (The Lion), appeared in the 59E59 shorts, The Woman Who Lost Her Head and was seen as Hillary Clinton in the Performance Art Biennial, I Feel Your Pain, by Liz Magic Laser. Kathryn is an advisory board member of The Team and Noor Theatre, a supporter of Our Time Theatre, and a member of the Usual Suspects of NYTW.
Performing: Oct 9-14
Marg Helgenberger (Sunny Jacobs): Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger recently ended her twelfth season of the CBS drama, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for which she earned two Emmy nominations. Her breakout role as K.C. on “CHINA BEACH,” won her an Emmy Award in 1990. Marg’s feature film roles include: Erin Brockovich, Mr. Brooks, In Good Company, Species and Steven Spielberg’s Always. Marg also starred as Patsy Ramsey in the highly rated CBS miniseries, “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” based on the best selling book about the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Marg attended Northwestern University and appeared on stage as Kate in Taming of the Shrew and as Blanche in A Streetcar named Desire. After graduating college she was cast on the ABC-TV daytime drama Ryan’s Hope. Marg currently resides in Los Angeles. She is an avid supporter of various breast cancer and MS charities and is an ambassador for Stand Up to Cancer.
Performing: Oct 30-Nov 4
Sunny Jacobs (as herself): In 1976, Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, a twenty-seven-year-old hippy and devoted mother of two, accepted a 100-mile lift from an acquaintance of her boyfriend, Jesse Tafero, to Palm Beach, Florida. Within hours, her life had become what most people only imagine in nightmares. Sunny was wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair along with Tafero. She spent seventeen years in prison, five of those years in solitary confinement in a cell the width of her arm span. In 1990, Tafero was killed by the State. In 1992, Sunny was finally cleared, and a decade later her story was told in Culture Project’s play, The Exonerated. In recent years, Sunny has joined efforts with many peace organizations to end the death penalty. She met her future husband, Peter Pringle, in 1999, while lecturing in Ireland. Nineteen years before that, Peter, a 40-year old fisherman and life-long activist for human rights, had been wrongly accused, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murder of two police officers—a crime he did not commit. Fifteen years later, and after winning access to the documents used against him in court, he was able to show that his alleged “confession” had actually been written down in an accusing officer’s notebook prior to Peter’s interrogation. In 1995, he was exonerated and released. Since meeting, Sunny and Peter have traveled together to share their stories with audiences around the world, and tirelessly fight for the universal repeal of the death penalty. On November 13, 2011, the two were wed in New York City as part of Culture Project’s 15th anniversary gala.
Performing: Sep 25 – 30
Ron C. Jones (Delbert Tibbs) Theater: Hurt Village and Two Trains Running (Signature Theater), Titus Andronicus and Satellites (The Public Theater), The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Shoenfield Theater), Ajax (ART), As You Like It/The Tempest (BAM), Wildflower (Second Stage), The Overwhelming and Untitled Lynn Nottage Project (Roundabout Theatre), The Wooden Breeks (MCC), Massacre: Sing to Your Children (LAByrinth), Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance Theatre), Richard III (NYSF Public Theater), The Exonerated (Culture Project), Othello (Royal Theatre), and Our Lady of 121st Street (Union Square Theater/LAByrinth) among others. Film: Watching TV with the Red Chinese, Across the Universe, Half Nelson, Carlito’s Way: The Beginning, and On the One, among others. Television: “Da Brick,” “The 22,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Raisin in the Sun,” “Word of Honor,” “NYPD Blue,” “FEDS,” “Law & Order.”
Performing: Nov 12 – 25
Carol Kane (Sunny Jacobs) made her theatre debut in the 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Tammy Grimes. Since then she has appeared on the New York Stage both on and off-Broadway. Plays include Beth Henley’s Family Week, and The Debutant Ball. She co-starred with Gena Rowland in the John Cassavettes play, Woman of Mystery, directed by John Cassavettes. At Lincoln Center for Joe Papp her performances include The Tempest and Macbeth as well as many other plays at the Public Theater, including WASP and OTHER PLAYS by Steve Martin. She starred alongside Shelley Winters on Broadway in The Effect of Gama Rays, on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. In addition Kane has been seen on Broadway and in Los Angeles, starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked. Last year Kane was seen as Gingy in Nora & Delia Ephron’s off-Broadway hit, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (NY and LA). Kane’s two most recent stage experiences are Harvey at the Roundabout Theatre and Ian Rickson’s West End production of The Children’s Hour with Keira Knightly, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn. Kane made her film debut in Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge, other films include, Wedding in White co-starring with Donald Pleasence, The Last Detail (dir. by Hal Ashby), Dog Day Afternoon (dir. by Sidney Lumet), Annie Hall (dir. by Woody Allen), The Lemon Sisters co-starring Diane Keaton and Katherine Grody, The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner), Scrooged (dir. by Dick Donner), My Blue Heaven written by Nora Ephron, Steve Buscemi’s Tres Lounge, Adams Family Values, When a Stranger Calls, Flashback starring Dennis Hopper, The Worlds Greatest Lover co-starring Gene Wilder, and The Muppet Movie to name a few. Most recently Kane performed in Mike Birbiglia’s film, Sleep Walk With Me, which was awarded the Best of NEXT award at the Sundance Film Festival. Kane was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her performance in Joan Micklin Silver’s film Hester Street. Her television credits include: Simka, wife of Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the television series “Taxi,” for which she won two Emmy awards; “Pearl;” “All Is Forgiven;” and “Chicago Hope” where she garnered another Emmy nomination, “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Two and Half Men.”
Performing: Nov 6-10
Richard Kind (Gary Gauger): Broadway: The Producers; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Sly Fox; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Sondheim’s Bounce! (Goodman Theatre and Kennedy Center). Candide (New York City Opera at Lincoln Center); Romance, The Lady in Question and Rough Crossing (Bay Street Theatre); Once in a Lifetime (Guthrie Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Big Knife, The Front Page (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Power Failure (Actor’s Studio Free Theatre Co.); The Seagull (Matrix Theatre); The Second City in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles; Working, All in the Timing, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, 12 Angry Men, and Synergy (LA Theatre Works). Film Argo, Hereafter, A Serious Man, The Visitor, The Grand, The Wild, Cars, Spymate, The Station Agent, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, A Bug’s Life, Johns, Stargate, Clifford, Mr. Saturday Night, All-American Murder, Hacks, and Tom and Jerry. Television Luck, Spin City, Mad About You, Head Cases, Carol Burnett & Co., Blue Skies, A Whole New Ballgame, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Stargate Atlantis, Harry’s Law.
Performing: Oct 23 – 28
Christine Lahti (Sunny Jacobs): Broadway: God of Carnage, The Heidi Chronicles, Loose Ends, Present Laughter, Scenes and Revelations, Division Street. Off-Broadway: Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Drama League Nomination), Body of Water, Little Murders (Obie Award), Three Hotels (Drama Desk Nom), Landscape of the Body, The Woods (Theatre World Award). Regional: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Third; A Moon for the Misbegotten; Summer and Smoke; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Film: Truck Stop, Petunia, Touchback, Flying Lessons, Smart People,Yonkers Joe, Obsessed, Swing Shift (Academy Award nom, NY Film Critics Award, Golden Globe nom), Running on Empty (L.A. Film Critics Award, Golden Globe nom), The Doctor, Housekeeping, Just Between Friends, …And Justice for All, Whose Life Is it Anyway?, Gross Anatomy, Leaving Normal, Funny About Love. TV: “Hawaii 5-0,” “The Cleaner,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Closer,” “Studio 60,” “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope” (Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award), “Jack and Bobby” (Golden Globe nom), “No Place Like Home” (Cable Ace Award, Golden Globe Award, Emmy nom), “Crazy From The Heart,” “Out of the Ashes,” “The Pilot’s Wife,” “Open House,” “The Book of Ruth,” “Amerika” (Emmy nom, Golden Globe nom), “An American Daughter” (Golden Globe nom). Directing: My First Mister (opening night, Sundance Film Festival), “Chicago Hope,” Lieberman in Love (Academy Award).
Performing: Oct 23-28
Delroy Lindo (Delbert Tibbs) has had many memorable roles in films such as David Mamet’s Heist and as Mr. Rose in The Cider House Rules. He garnered critical acclaim for his role as Rodney in Spike Lee’s drama Clockers; and also worked with Lee on, Crooklyn and Malcom X, earning an NAACP Image Award nomination, for his work as West Indian Archie. His other notable film credits include: the English period drama, Wondrous Oblivion; The Core; The Last Castle; Domino; The One; Gone in 60 Seconds; Ransom (Best Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award nomination); A Life Less Ordinary; Get Shorty; Feeling Minnesota; Romeo Must Die; Mr. Jones; L’Exil du Roi Behanzin; Devil’s Advocate; Bright Angel; Mountains of the Moon; This Christmas (also as executive producer); Pixar’s Up!; and The Big Bang. On TV, Lindo most recently featured in the Fox series “The Chicago Code”. He won an 2009 NAACP Image Award for his appearance in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He starred in the NBC series, “Kidnapped” and was featured in “Lackawanna Blues” (HBO) and in “The Exonerated” (Court TV). He appeared to critical acclaim in the CBS drama “Profoundly Normal”; starred as US Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas in the Peabody Award-winning “Strange Justice” (Showtime); and starred to critical acclaim as baseball legend Satchel Paige in HBO’s “Soul of the Game”. Lindo also starred as Arctic explorer Matthew Henson in “Glory and Honor” (TNT) and appeared in “First Time Felon” (HBO). Also for TV, Lindo conceived, produced, hosted, directed and co-edited documentary interviews featuring Spike Lee, Charles Burnett and Joan Chen. In theater, Lindo was most recently seen as Bynum, in London’s Young Vic 2010 production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Also in London, he appeared in The Exonerated. On Broadway, Lindo appeared as Herald Loomis in August Wilson’s, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony and Drama Desk Award noms), and Master Harold and the Boys (Broadway & National Tour). He played Walter Lee in the Kennedy Center and Los Angeles productions of A Raisin in the Sun (Helen Hayes Award nom. and NAACP Image Award, Best Actor). Lindo has also worked Off- Broadway, and extensively in regional theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a theater director, Lindo won a 2006 Los Angeles Theater Weekly Award for his work on Medal of Honor Rag. He also directed Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone to critical and commercial success at Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Performing: Sep 15-Oct 2
Lyle Lovett (Gary Gauger): A Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lovett has broadened the definition of Americana music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has also appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. His accolades include four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and Lovett was recently named the 2011 Texas State Musician.
Performing: Sep 25-30
William Jay Marshall (Delbert Tibbs) is pleased to return to The Exonerated, having appeared in the original production as well as the national tour and productions in Edinburgh London and Dublin. He is a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Co. and appeared in numerous NEC productions. Regional theater credits include Fences, Joe Turner Come and Gone, Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Master Harold and the Boys, Blood Knot, and The Boys Next Door with Bob Balaban. He has appeared on TV in “Law & Order,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Sex and the City,” the daytime drama “Loving,” and on film in The Fisher King, Billy Bathgate, and Blue Steel.
Performing: Nov 27-Dec 2
Marsha Mason (Sunny Jacobs) has received Academy Award nominations for her roles in the films The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh and Chapter Two. She has also received two Golden Globe Awards for her roles in film. On television, her credits include the wildly popular “Frasier,” for which she received an Emmy Award nomination, “The Middle” and the biopic, Life with Judy Garland. While most well-known for her roles on film, Mason has starred in a number of Broadway productions, including Impressionism (with Joan Allen), Steel Magnolias, The Night of the Iguana, The Good Doctor, King Richard III and Cactus Flower, as well as Off-Broadway productions of I Never Sang for My Father, A Feminine Ending, Wintertime and Old Times. Some of Mason¹s regional credits include American Conservatory Theatre’s The Merchant of Venice, A Doll’s House, You Can’t Take It With You, The Crucible and Cyrano de Bergerac, and Hecuba. Internationally, she has performed in Prisoner of Second Avenue in London. Mason has written her own memoir, Journey ¬ A Personal Odyssey. This past summer, Marsha starred in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.
Performing: Nov 12-18
Richard Masur (Gary Gauger) is well known to film and television audiences. Over his 30-year performing career, Masur has starred in more than 50 feature films, including Risky Business, My Girl, Heaven’s Gate and Under Fire. Most recently he appeared in Kurt Gunn’s Lovely By Surprise as well as Ron Shelton’s film, Play It To the Bone, and Todd Solondz’ Palindromes. He has starred in over 50 television films, three of which—Adam, Fallen Angel and When The Bough Breaks–are among the top-ten rated TV movies of all time. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance opposite Farrah Fawcett in the TV film The Burning Bed. Other television movie credits include roles in HBO’s much-heralded And The Band Played On, Showtime’s Hiroshima and 61* for HBO, directed by Billy Crystal. Masur has appeared in a number of popular TV series, including “The Practice,” “Law & Order” and “Girls.” Richard’s theatre credits are also extensive and he has performed on the Broadway stage, most recently in Democracy (The National Theatre of Great Britain) directed by Michael Blakemore, Ruby Sunrise, directed by Oskar Eustis (The Public), The Exonerated (Culture Project). He has also performed numerous plays at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Yale Rep and The Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. While actively maintaining his film and television acting career, Masur has become an accomplished director over by recent years. His first project, Love Stuck, a 23-minute film, which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. His next effort, Torn Between Two Fathers, gained him a nomination for the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award. He also directed episodes of TV’s “The Wonder Years” and “Picket Fences.” Most recently, he directed Incident at Vichy and The Grapes of Wrath for LA Theatre Works’ The Play’s The Thing. Masur is a past National President of the Screen Actors Guild. First elected to the SAG Board in 1989, he served as Third National Vice-President from 1991 to 1995. In 1995, he became Guild President and was re-elected in November 1997, serving until November 1999.He is a founding member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund Corporation and serves on their Creative Advisory Board. In addition, he serves on the National Film Preservation Board and was a member of the California Film Commission for 6 years. He is a highly sought after Speaker in the areas of Rights of Privacy and Publicity, Runaway Film and TV Production, Child Labor Laws, Affirmative Action and has appeared at numerous Film Festivals as a panelist/speaker.
Performing: Oct 9-14
Michael McKean (Gary Gauger): Recent New York theatre includes King Lear, Our Town, Superior Donuts, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game, A Second Hand Memory, Hairspray. Elsewhere: Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels, Los Angeles; On the Razzle, Williamstown; Love Song, West End. Film: This is Spinal Tap, Clue, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Whatever Works, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Brady Bunch Movie, and the upcoming The Words. TV: “Homeland,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Castle,” “Happy Endings,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Sesame Street,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “The X-Files,” “Smallville,” etc. He is the first million dollar Celebrity Jeopardy champion. Theatre World Award for Rupert Holmes’s Accomplice; Grammy for title song A Mighty Wind, written with Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy; Oscar nomination for Best Song A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow, written with Annette O’Toole. For Alice Playten.
Performing: Oct 2-7
Joe Morton (Delbert Tibbs) was most recently seen as Dr. Nelson, one of the star-studded conspirators, in Coma on A&E. Film audiences know Joe from crowd-pleasers such as Stealth, Paycheck, Speed, Executive Decision, The Astronaut’s Wife, Blues Brothers 2000, or Terminator 2–Judgment Day. His more serious films include Of Mice and Men, Miss Ever’s Boys, Lone Star, City of Hope, and The Brother From Another Planet. Morton is a Tony Award Nominee and Theatre World winner for his portrayal of Walter Lee Younger in the musical Raisin. He premiered in David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the National Theatre in London as Colin Powel and played “Serge” in Art on Broadway and London stages. Television audiences enjoyed Mr. Morton as Henry Deacon on Syfy’s hit series (for which he also directed) “Eureka.”
Performing: Oct 16-Nov 11
Peter Riegert (Gary Gauger) has been acting, writing, directing and producing for the past 40 years. His movies include: Animal House, Local Hero, Crossing Delancey, Chilly Scenes Of Winter, Coldblooded, Utz, Oscar, Passed Away, The Mask, Traffic, White Irish Drinkers, Admissions and the short film The Response, which received the ABA Silver Gavel and was short listed for an Academy nomination for live-action short. Television credits include: The Sopranos, Damages, Gypsy, Barbarians At The Gate, Concealed Enemies, Law And Order: SVU, The Good Wife and One Tree Hill. On Broadway he was in The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd and Dance With Me. Off B’way Includes: Sexual Perversity In Chicago, The Birthday Party, Moutain Language, Isn’t It Romantic and A Rosen By Any Other Name. His directorial film debut was the Academy nominated short By Courier, followed by his first feature, King Of The Corner, with Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D’Angelo, Eric Bogosian and Dominic Chianese. He is currently preparing his next feature based on the novel, A Field Of Darkness, by Cornelia Read and is working on a documentary about the oldest cemetery in Queens, NY, Prospect Cemetery, est. 1668 (see Kickstarter campaign). Books on Tape include: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon; Where I’m Calling From, (11 short stories) by Raymond Carver; Black Money and The Chill by Ross McDonald.
Performing: Oct 30-Nov 4
Chris Sarandon (Kerry Max Cook) Broadway: The Rothschilds, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Nick and Nora, The Light in the Piazza, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Off-Broadway: The Woods at The Public, The Devil’s Disciple at BAM, and Through a Glass Darkly at The Atlantic. Movies: Dog Day Afternoon(Oscar nomination), The Princess Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Loggerheads, Safe, and the cult classic Fright Night. TV series: “The Court” and “The Unusuals.” TV Guest Star: “Judging Amy,” “Chicago Hope,” “The Practice,” “Law & Order SVU,” “Psych,” “ER,” and “The Good Wife” among others. Hallmark Hall of Fame specials: “A Tale of Two Cities,” “You Can’t Go Home Again”
Performing: Sep 16-23, Oct 30-Nov 4
Brooke Shields (Sunny Jacobs) began her accomplished professional career at only eleven months of age when she was selected as the Ivory Snow Baby, and by age 3 was a runway model. At age 9, Shields began her extensive film career when she won her first acting role in Alice Sweet Alice and rapidly gained fame after staring in Louis Males’ Pretty Baby, the Palme D’or Award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and the coming of age tales Blue Lagoon and Endless Love. As a model, Brooke has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, most notably Time magazine as the “Face of the Eighties”. Today, Shields continues her prolific appearances in a broad range of worldwide publications, decades after it all began. In addition to her film achievements, Shields has maintained a successful and critically-acclaimed television career. Her work on The NBC hit “Suddenly Susan” garnered her a Golden Globe nomination, and she received an American Comedy Award nod for her guest role on “Friends”. Brooke is the recipient of five People’s Choice Awards, and has guest starred on a wide range of hit shows including “That 70’s Show”, “Hannah Montana”, and “Two And A Half Men.” Her television work continued most recently starring on Candace Bushnell’s “Lipstick Jungle” on NBC. Shields is the best-selling author of several books, including The Brooke Book, On Your Own, and the highly publicized and critically-acclaimed Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Brooke has recently tapped into her experiences as a mother, successfully branching out into the world of children’s books, penning Welcome To Your World, Baby and It’s the Best Day Ever Dad for Harper Collins. While attending Princeton University, Brooke pursued her love of theater as a member of the Princeton Triangle Club. Shortly after graduating with honors, she made her Broadway debut as Rizzo in the hit musical “Grease”, for which she earned the Theatre World Award in 1994 for “Outstanding Debut on Broadway.” Shields went on to star in Chicago, Wonderful Town, and Cabaret, all of which earned her rave reviews. Last year, Brooke starred in a variety of on-stage productions. She assumed the iconic role of Morticia Addams alongside Roger Rees in the hit Broadway show, “The Addams Family.” Brooke appeared in the acclaimed ensemble Girls Talk, written and directed by Roger Kumble, starring alongside Andréa Benewald, Leslie Bibb, and Constance Zimmer in a play about Brentwood’s elite, status-climbing mothers. Brooke also had her critically-acclaimed nightclub debut at Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency, performing In My Life, a freewheeling music and stand-up romp through her life’s ups and downs. The show sold out its entire run. Brooke is currently starring alongside Richard Chamberlain in playwright John Pielmeier’s world premiere adaptation of The Exorcist at the Geffen Playhouse. Helmed by acclaimed director John Doyle, this stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s famous 1971 novel transforms the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos into a uniquely theatrical experience as sophisticated as it is suspenseful. Shields recently completed production on The Hot Flashes. Directed by Susan Seidelman, Brooke will star alongside Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, and Camryn Manheim. The film follows a group of unappreciated, middle-aged Texas women and their unlikely basketball team, assembled to honor the memory of a friend lost to breast cancer. In addition to her professional career, Brooke continues to be a strong advocate for children’s rights and literacy, and is the happily married mother of two beautiful daughters.
Performing: Oct 2-7
Martin Short (Kerry Max Cook), a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago. Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada’s SCTV Comedy Network, which brought him to the attention of the producers of “Saturday Night Live.” He became a fan-favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen. His popularity and exposure on “Saturday Night Live” led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in Three Amigos and followed with Inner Space, Three Fugitives, Clifford, Pure Luck and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks. One of Short’s most memorable roles was in the remake of Father of the Bride, as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in Father of the Bride Part II. Short is also featured in the recent animated film Madagascar 3 and the Tim Burton film Frankenweenie. An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of Little Me. He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl. Short co-wrote and starred in Fame Becomes Me, prompting The New York Times to describe Short as “a natural for live musicals, a limber singer and dancer who exudes a fiery energy that makes you want to reach for your sunglasses.” Short returned to television in an Emmy-nominated role for the mini-series “Merlin” and host of “The Martin Short Show,” which garnered him seven Emmy nominations. Short also wrote, produced and starred in three comedy specials, winning two Cable ACE awards and an Emmy. In 2001, he launched the critically-acclaimed Primetime Glick, garnering another five Emmy nominations. Short was nominated for his nineteenth Emmy award in 2010 for his work as the lawyer Leonard Winstone on the critically acclaimed FX series “Damages.” Currently, Short can be seen on the CBS hit comedy series “How I Met Your Mother” in the recurring role of Garrison Cootes. His voice can be heard as the Cat in the critically-acclaimed PBS series “Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.” In 1994, Short was awarded the Order of Canada, the Canadian equivalent to British Knighthood. He was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000.
Performing: Oct 16-18
Danton Stone (Kerry Max Cook): Ivan in Art, directed by Judd Hirsh at Surflight Theatre; Matt Friedman in Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folley, at Hudson Stage Co., Rabbit Hole at Cleveland Playhouse, two new plays at Abingdon theater in NYC. Twenty years in acting ensemble at Circle Rep, Terry Kinney’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Steppenwolf in London and on Broadway, two plays by David Ives directed by John Rando off-Broadway and regionally. New York Stage and Film company ensemble work by Zach Helm, Drama Desk Ensemble Award for John Malkovich’s Balm in Gilead by Lanford Wilson, The Exonerated directed by Bob Balaban in NYC and national tour. Film work with John Sayles’ Eight Men Out, Ken Kwapis’s He Said, She Said, Dan Minahan’s Series 7, Lasse Halstrom’s Once Around, with Gena Rowlands, Bobby Gould in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow in Washington, D.C., Lanford Wilson’s Angels Fall, and Fifth of July on Broadway. Recurring on TV in Theresa Rebeck’s “Yesterday,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Performing: Oct 9-14 (as Kerry), Nov 6-14 (as Prosecutor #2)
Trudie Styler (Sunny Jacobs) is an actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, organic farmer and UNICEF Ambassador. Her passionate concerns for the environment and human rights motivate many of her career choices, and are reflected most clearly in her documentary films and fundraising activities. In 1989, Trudie, along with her husband Sting, started the Rainforest Fund, an organization devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. Her efforts over the years have aided in expanding the project over three continents: South America, Africa and Asia. Since 1991, Trudie has produced the annual benefit concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, working with some of the world’s most exciting and talented artists across the range of musical fields, and raising more than $20 million. As an Ambassador for UNICEF, Trudie remains committed to improving the lives of impoverished and exploited children all over the world. One of her most recent projects with UNICEF has taken hundreds of children in Ecuador off the dumpsites where they lived and worked, and into new schools that provide them with regular meals, education, and a more hopeful future for their whole families. Trudie visited an area of disastrous environmental damage in the Ecuadorean rainforest while participating in Joe Berlinger’s documentary ‘Crude.’ The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and highlights the devastating pollution left in the region by international oil producers, resulting in the contamination of land and water throughout the region. She immediately galvanized UNICEF Ecuador to join with the Rainforest Fund and the Amazon Defense Fund in a project to install water filtration tanks that now provide clean, safe water to thousands of families for the first time in more than 30 years. In 1990, Trudie and Sting moved to Lake House in the English countryside and converted the 200 acres of farmland to organic status. Trudie is now Vice-President of the Soil Association and speaks regularly on their behalf. She published ‘The Lake House Cook Book’ in 1999, co-written with international chef Joseph Sponzo, which celebrates the largely self-sufficient and sustainable ethos of Lake House. She recently launched her own food brand in UK supermarkets and online, Lake House Table, which is inspired by produce from the organic farm and offers a range fresh, delicious, and easy-to-cook meals. Trudie’s film credits with her production company Xingu Films include the documentaries ‘Boys From Brazil’ (1993) and IDA award-winning ‘Moving the Mountain’ (1995). Her production credits include Guy Ritchie’s first two films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000) which she executive produced, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), and Moon (2009). In October 2009, Trudie released the first of a series of mind body fitness DVDs with Gaiam, featuring Trudie and celebrity trainer James D’Silva with an appearance by Sting at their Tuscan villa, Il Palagio. In May 2011, Trudie and partner Celine Rattray founded Maven Pictures, a New York-based film development, production and financing company that finances development and provides equity for films across a wide range of budgets and aims to produce three to five films per year for distribution across all platforms.
Performing: Oct 16-21, Nov 21-25 & Dec 2
Roger Waters (Gary Gauger): As founder member, lyricist, and principle composer of Pink Floyd during the bands’ most influential and creatively exuberant period, Roger Waters has achieved global success and global renown. Under his guidance the band made a series of best selling albums, of which the most successful and iconic are The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
2005 saw the completion and premiere of his opera Ça Ira. The work, written in the 19th Century orchestral tradition, depicts the events of the early part of the French Revolution.
In 2006-2008, to great acclaim, Roger undertook a world tour performing the music from the multi-platinum album The Dark Side Of The Moon.
In Autumn 2010, Waters took to the live stage with The Wall, an audio and visual spectacular based on the epic album he wrote for the Pink Floyd in 1979. He has played to sold out arenas across North America, Europe and Australasia. A stadium tour followed in South America (with a record 9 shows at River Plate, Buenos Aires). A return to the US, culminated in two sell out shows at Yankee Stadium. Next year will see the Wide Wall play in Europe.
Performing: Nov 27-Dec 2
Frank Whaley (Kerry Max Cook) is a critically acclaimed actor/ writer/ director. He is best known for the films Pulp Fiction and Swimming With Sharks, and has worked with Oliver Stone multiple times. He was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival for Joe the King, which he wrote and directed. Other writer/director credits include New York City Serenade and The Jimmy Show. He was born in Syracuse, New York and resides in New York City. He is also an accomplished stage actor, working frequently with the New Group theater. Frank is married to the writer Heather Bucha Whaley. They have two children.
Performing: Oct 23-28