- Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Direction - Jessica Blank
TO OCTOBER 18
Scenic Design - Richard Hoover
Costume Design - Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design - David Lander
Sound Design and Original Music - David Robbins
production was developed in part during a residency with the Theatre
Department at Dartmouth College, in collaboration with Dartmouth’s
Hopkins Center for the Arts.
of AFTERMATH is made possible by the generous support of The MAP
Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
to express their appreciation to the
Ford Foundation for its support of this production.
... Fajer Al-Kaisi
YASSAR ... Amir Arison
BASIMA ... Leila Buck
FADILAH ... Maha Chehlaoui
ABDUL-ALIYY ... Demosthenes Chrysan
... Daoud Heidami
FOUAD ... Omar Koury
... Laith Nakli
... Rasha Zamamiri
... Sevan Greene
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First preview, Tuesday, September 1, 2009; opening night, Tuesday,
September 15, 2009; final performance, Sunday, October 4, 2009.
SHOW EXTENDED to Sunday, October 18, 2009
Tuesdays @ 7pm
Wednesday – Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm
Student Matinee on Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm
Wednesday, September 23, 1pm (student matinee) and 8pm
Saturday, September 26, 8pm ONLY
Approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes without intermission.
March 20, 2003. A date that the ordinary people of Iraq will never
forget. A day that changed their lives forever. The day the Americans
arrived in their country.
New York Theatre Workshop sent Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen,
the award-winning creators of The Exonerated, to Jordan
in June 2008 to find out firsthand what happened to the Iraqi
civilians as a result of the events that began on that fateful
day. They interviewed some 35 people—a cross-section of
lives interrupted—who fled the chaos and violence that befell
Iraqi society for the relative safety of Jordan. Following the
visit to Amman, Jessica and Erik crafted their conversations with
the Iraqis and have turned them into an unforgettable theatrical
each performance we have scheduled a conversation with
the audience, led by a moderator and including a guest
or two who might be a resource to the discussion. We’ll
take a five minute break after the performance so those
who choose not to stay can leave, and so those who choose
to stay can stretch and get a coffee.
for our three panel discussions are:
Thurs, Sept. 10
“The Making of Aftermath” (after 8:00 performance)
Download a recording
of this discussion
Tues, Sept. 22
CIVIC panel (after 7:00 performance)
Download a recording
of this discussion
Tues, Sept. 29
IRC panel (after 7:00 performance)
a recording of this discussion
sites to visit
IRC's Iraq pages:
You can also find the IRC on:
Twitter @theIRC (www.twitter.com/theIRC)
CIVIC was absolutely instrumental in
Jessica and Erik's research trip/interviews, and Marla
Keenan, their Associate Director, traveled to Jordan and
helped make it possible. http://www.civicworldwide.org/
Direct Aid Iraq (DAI) is a network
of Iraqis, Americans, and others supporting a future of
peace for Iraq through providing aid, facilitating cooperation,
engaging in advocacy, and providing education.
van Kesteren is a Dutch photojournalist and author of
two books of the recent Iraq war: WHY MISTER, WHY? and
BAGHDAD CALLING. Geert's work on Iraq has been exhibited
in world's leading museum and photo festivals. http://www.baghdadcalling.com/introEN.html
few questions put to Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen by
Geoffrey Jackson Scott, Literary Manager at NYTW
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen are
writers, actors, and directors. Together, they are authors of The
Exonerated, a play based on interviews they conducted with over
40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States.
Erik and Jessica co-directed the first production of The Exonerated
at Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang Theater, which was nominated for five Ovation
Awards and three NAACP Awards, winning the Ovation for Best World Premiere
Play. Under Bob Balaban's direction, the New York (Culture Project)
and London (Riverside Studios) production of The Exonerated
ran for over 600 performances Off-Broadway, toured nationally, won Lucille
Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Fringe First and Herald Angel
Awards, and was nominated for the Dramatists’Guild's Hull-Warriner
Award and the John Gassner Playwriting Award. The play received awards
from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court
TV. The Exonerated enjoyed sold-out runs in London and at the
Dublin International Theater Festival and has been translated into Spanish,
French, Italian and Japanese. An award-winning movie for Court TV, the
film version featured Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan
Quinn and Delroy Lindo.
an actor Jessica Blank has appeared on film, TV, and
in theaters throughout New York City. Television credits include The
Bronx Is Burning, Law and Order: CI, Rescue Me, One Life to Live and
Guiding Light; film credits include The Namesake (dir.
Mira Nair), The Exonerated (dir. Bob Balaban), You’re
Nobody Till Somebody Kills You (exec. prod. Spike Lee), On
the Road With Judas (Sundance 2007) and Undermind. Her
play Liberty City was produced in 2008 by NYTW (with Jessica
directing), and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer
Critics Circle Awards. Her first novel, Almost Home, about
homeless youth in Los Angeles, was published by Hyperion in 2007 and
her second novel, Karma for Beginners, is forthcoming in 2009.
an actor, Erik Jensen has co-starred in over twenty
feature films, including Black Knight and The Love Letter.
He stars as NY Yankee legend Thurman Munson in ESPN miniseries The
Bronx is Burning, and will star in Virtuality, the new
series by the creators of Battlestar Galactica. He has appeared
on CSI, Law and Order, and Love Monkey, as well as Alias
and Century City. Notable stage appearances include Arthur
Kopit’s Y2K and Terrance McNally's Corpus Christi
at MTC. He is at work on Main Street, an independent documentary
about corporate farming’s impact on small-town America.
writing partners, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s work has been
supported by the Ford Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the New York
State Council on the Arts, the New World Foundation, and the Ethel and
Abe Lapides Foundation. Their writing has been published in several
magazines and journals, including The Believer, The Dramatist, Another
Magazine, and Theater History Studies. Living
Justice, their book on the making of The Exonerated,
was published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster. Jessica's novel, Almost
Home, was recently optioned for feature film by Jon Bon Jovi’s
film production company, and Jessica and Erik are adapting the screenplay.