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.

Talkback Panelists


Count Dispels the Anesthetic of Distance from Death Row
By Byron Woods
Indy Week
August 31, 2017

Count‘s Six Highly Skilled Actors Create a Chillingly Real Death-Row Pod at PRC
By Chuck Galle
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
August 24, 2017

Lynden Harris’ Count Is an Engaging New Play, Set on a Maximum Security Prison’s Death Row
By Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
August 24, 2017

On Aug. 23-27, Lynden Harris’ Count Will Depict a Day in the Life of Six Men on Death Row
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
August 23, 2017


Men on Death Row With Their Truths in “Count”
By Laura Pellicer & Frank Stasio
WUNC 91.5
August 10, 2017


Serving Life: ReVisioning Justice
By Hidden Voices
Hidden Voices
May 15, 2017

Hidden Voices’ None of the Above lays hands on a social dilemma of our time
By Byron Woods
Indy Week
September 18, 2013


For five years, Hidden Voices has used theater to help marginalized communities be heard
By Byron Woods
Indy Week
July 11, 2007