‘The Exonerated’ to premiere Feb. 26

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(From left) Ben Bolin, Christian Livsey, Brandi Farrell and Brian Johnson rehearse their roles in “The Exonerated.” Kris Dobbins / THE FLARE

The KC Theatre Department continues to prepare for this semester’s production, “The Exonerated.”

“It’s different from anything I’ve ever done before,” said Kathy Barber, director and theatre instructor. The documentary is “predominantly storytelling.”

The play contains the stories of six characters who had been convicted, sentenced to prison, then later proved  innocent.

“Some just want to get back to their normal lives; others just want to open society’s eyes to the fact many are convicted unjustly,” Barber said.

Brian Johnson, Gilmer freshman, plays David Keaton who is on a religious spiritual journey. Keaton is called to the ministry and although he tries to keep his relationship with God, he loses it. However, after his release, he continues to reach out to God.

“I like playing my character,” Johnson said. “I just want to accomplish how my character actually felt when he was put on death row.”

One of the actors, Demarcus Armstrong, Pittsburg freshman, fell 10 feet during class while removing a plug for the auditorium stage trap door last week. He injured his back, but will return to class Monday and will perform in the play.

“The doctors say he is doing very, very well. We are just lucky,” Barber said.

Performances will run 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, to Friday, March 1, and will conclude with a 2:30 p.m. performance Sunday, March 3, in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. There will not be a Saturday performance due to the Bach Festival scheduled in the auditorium.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for all KC students and $4 for students with a KC ID.

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