Upcoming Post-Show Talkbacks
On the night a death-house chaplain must hand over the reins to the confident young pastor set to replace him, the men encounter an enigmatic inmate who challenges their convictions and changes their lives forever. Death House is a startling new piece of theatre that explores justice, redemption, and the possibility that we’re all more connected than we may want to admit.
Performances will be held at The Road on Lankershim.
Post-show Talkback Schedule:
Join us for a special post-show talkback with Jennifer Friedman!
Jennifer Friedman has been a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County for 31 years and is currently the Assistant Special Circumstances Coordinator and Forensic Science Coordinator for that office. She assists in the supervision of capital cases and represents clients charged with capital murder, has tried over 150 felony jury trials, and writes the expert section of the California Death Penalty Manual. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of forensic and death penalty issues.
Join us for a special screening of the short film Clemency for John Smith and a post-show talkback with the filmmaker John Cragen!
John Cragen has been a member of the Road Theatre Company as an actor for nearly 20 years, appearing in many plays. With an educational background in journalism, John has turned his focus to producing short-form video documentaries – called social biographies – about individuals facing “special circumstances” (the death penalty). He has worked on cases for four individuals and has completed two films that have contributed to clemency for the subjects.
ABOUT THE FILM
Who are we killing? Where do they come from, and do we as a society bear any responsibility to understand their circumstances? John Smith is a man who grew up in South Central Los Angeles during a period of extreme violence. A good student and friend, he was never on anyone’s radar as a risk for violence. In this film, we speak with his best friend, and one of his former teachers to examine how where he grew up could have had an effect on what he did.
Join us for a special post-show talkback with Romarilyn Ralston!
Education is the best practice to reduce crime! Incarcerated at 24, I knew that if things were to be different in my life, I needed to do things differently. For me, that was education. I earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Pitzer College in Gender and Feminist Studies in 2014, a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016, and was selected to be a 2014-2015 CORO Public Affairs Fellow. While attending Washington University, I was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune 2016 Leadership Award, given to a graduate student who “through leadership, service, scholastic achievement, and perseverance has served as an inspiration to the University community.” I was an invited panelist on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Access to Higher Education Challenge Event at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2016, was the 2016 keynote convocation speaker of the Prison Education Program at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, addressing thirty-eight incarcerated males on “How People Like Me Receive Degrees.” I was a 2017 Leadership Fellow with the JustLeadershipUSA Leading with Conviction program in New York City, and am currently a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute .