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Make ticket reservations now for Dead Man Walking

February 25, 2008

Dead Man Walking

Tickets are on sale now for Dead Man Walking, a Dordt College Theatre Department production that opens Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Te Paske Theatre (located at Sioux Center High School). Six evening performances will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, and Feb. 28-March 1. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

The drama depicts the contemporary story of Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun, who is assigned to be spiritual counselor to a convicted rapist and murderer in his final days before execution.

“It is a powerful show,” says director Jerilyn Schelhaas. “The acting is very good, the story well-told, the set intriguing, the potential impact strong. You will not walk out of the theatre “happy,” but you will have plenty to think about. The joy in the performance is seeing the grace of God and the fruitful work of very committed college students.”

The cast includes Becky Lancaster, Cedar Rapids, IA; Jonathon Shaffstall, West Milford, NJ; Danielle Roos, Dan Den Boer, and Benjamin Kuiper, Sioux Center; Kenny Gradert, Ireton; Jesse Walhof, Le Mars; Austin Boon, Rock Valley; Dan Fynaardt, Pella; Emily Stam, Oskaloosa; Ashley Laverman, Sully; Andrew Voss, Aplington; Alex Thomas, Reasnor; Nick Engbers, Sioux Falls, SD; Thadd Harrington, Lincoln, NE; Lee Radde, Cologne, MN; Kaylee Englesman, Hudsonville, MI; Anna Ven Huizen Burnett, WI; Evan Gulstine, St Charles, IL; Jon Trueblood, St Louis, MO; Melissa Schans, Denver, CO; Mark Bylenga, Escondido, CA; Becky Love, San Marcos, CA; Jeremiah Kats, Boise, ID; Jenna Veenbaas, Abbotsford, BC, and Michaela Groot, Houston, BC.

For tickets, call the box office at 722-6430 (Monday-Thursday 1-5 and 7-9; Friday 1-5 p.m.) or reserve tickets on-line. The ticket price is $8 for adults, $6 for middle/high school students (this play not advised for children under 12), and $5 for Dordt students.

Dead Man Walking was written by Tim Robbins, who previously directed the critically acclaimed film of the same name, starring Susan Sarandon—who won an Oscar for her performance as Sister Helen—and Sean Penn. Rather than taking the play to Broadway, Robbins has offered it to schools and universities across the U.S. to perform and use to stir discussion and reflection on moral issues regarding the death penalty.

In conjunction with the play, a series of other events have been planned on Dordt’s campus to promote dialog on the topics of the death penalty, restorative justice, and the place of confession and forgiveness in the Christian community.

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