Miami Dade College’s North Campus Pen Players to Present Dead Man Walking Stage Play
Miami, March 5, 2014 -
To help increase human rights awareness, the Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus
Pen Players will present the long-awaited play Dead Man Walking March 11-14, at the renowned Lehman Theatre. The work is based on the New York Times bestselling book Dead Man Walking, by humanitarian and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean. The play will begin at 11 a.m. each day March 11-13, and at 7:30 p.m. on March 14, where Prejean will make a special guest appearance and share brief remarks. The event is free and open to the public.
For more than two decades, Sister Prejean has devoted her life to educating individuals about the death penalty and mentoring inmates on death row. Her book, Dead Man Walking, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and earned number one ranking on the New York Times best-seller list for 31 consecutive weeks and was adapted into an opera, play and a major Oscar-winning motion picture starring award-winning actors Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.
“Social justice is a topical issue that deserves wide engagement, and North Campus is pleased to serve as a convener in that regard,” said Malou C. Harrison, president of the North Campus. “Our talented theatre students’ presentation of Dead Man Walking will no doubt evoke constructive thought and discourse around social justice and related issues, such as civil and human rights”
Sister Prejean’s humanitarian work inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, as well as River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. Similarly, the Human Rights Committee at MDC North Campus promotes co-curricular programming in a diversity of areas related to social justice and human rights in an effort to increase awareness on the importance of equality and inclusion of all persons. The Campus has hosted Sister Prejean on several occasions, including a lecture and literary development workshop held in November.
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