By Lynden Harris
Directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams
stories from America’s death rows
Experience a day-in-the-life on death row as six men unpack their personal inheritances of violence and loss with unexpected love and humor, determined to live fully despite the stark monotony of prison. A co-production with Hidden Voices.
Based on years of conversations with men sentenced to die in prison, Count invites us right into the stark otherworld of death row, a world that is both incredibly dissimilar and sometimes disturbingly similar to our own. During the course of the play, six men seek to discover what truly constitutes a life well-lived. As we join their lively, difficult, and ultimately affirming search for what ancient philosophers called “the good life,” we are challenged and transformed by the recognition that we are all struggling for the same things.
Due to language and intensity of themes, we recommend this play to audiences 14 and older.
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- Michael J. Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC Law School
- Representative Chaz Beasley, N.C. House of Representatives
- Representative Graig Meyer, N.C. House of Representatives
- Erika K. Wilson, Reef C. Ivey II Term Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law at UNC Law School
- Wesley Hogan, Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
- Rachel F. Seidman, Director of the Southern Oral History Program at UNC Chapel Hill
- Frank Baumgartner, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill
- Jim Johnson, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill
- Candis Watts Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Adjunct Professor of African and African American Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill
- Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director School of Conversion
- Barb Baranski, Prison Project Coordinator for Kadampa Center Prison Project
- Imam/Chaplain Oliver Mohammed, Islamic Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C. and Resident Imam of As Salaam Islamic Center of Raleigh
- Kathryn Hunter Williams, Director, Associate Director of Hidden Voices, Company Member PlayMakers Repertory Company, Faculty UNC Department of Dramatic Art
- Lynden Harris, Playwright, Founder and Director of Hidden Voices
- Cast (upon availability)
- Jon Powell, Director Juvenile Justice Mediation Project and Law Professor at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University
- Scott Bass, Director of Victim Services for North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN)