2015-2016 Let Justice Roll Like a River
A Lesson Before
Dying - October 9-24, 2015 in Clare Hall at 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh.
Lesson Before Dying was the first play that JTP presented in 2004 and
garnered high praise for it production and outreach, receiving the first five
star rating ever given by the Independent Weekly.
Jefferson is an innocent young man condemned to death in backwoods
Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, calls him
a hog. In prison, he decides to acts like one, insisting that he will be
dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a
schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins,
struggling to quit his poor parish school and leave the South, faces both
Jefferson and deeper feelings as the execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines'
celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for
the stage. The story's wrenching power
lies not in its outrage but in the almost inexplicable grace the characters
must muster as their only resistance to being treated like lesser beings.
Still Life, an Exploration of a Killing State, North Carolina, October 2015
An original piece researched and written by members of The Justice Theater Project. Two performances of staged readings reprising this original work that voices the many sides of the death penalty issue in North Carolina.
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes December of each year. Look for ticketing and venue information in September of each year.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffery Hatcher and Mitch Albom. February, 2016 Revisit this fan favorite.
A REALLY big musical that we presented in June of 2013, which sold out in advance... Look for our big reveal on January 16, 2016....