Text - Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Direction - Jessica Blank


Scenic Design - Richard Hoover
Costume Design - Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design - David Lander
Sound Design and Original Music - David Robbins

This 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.

This production 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.

NYTW wishes to express their appreciation to the
Ford Foundation for its support of this production.

SHAHID ... Fajer Al-Kaisi
YASSAR ... Amir Arison
BASIMA ... Leila Buck
FADILAH ... Maha Chehlaoui
ABDUL-ALIYY ... Demosthenes Chrysan

ASAD ... Daoud Heidami
FOUAD ... Omar Koury
RAFIQ ... Laith Nakli
NAIMAH ... Rasha Zamamiri

Understudy ... 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

Performance schedule:
Tuesdays @ 7pm
Wednesday – Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm

Special Student Matinee on Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm

Wednesday, September 23, 1pm (student matinee) and 8pm
Saturday, September 26, 8pm ONLY

Running time:
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 event.

Aftermath production history

Suggested reading list

After 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.

Dates for our three panel discussions are:

Thurs, Sept. 10
“The Making of Aftermath” (after 8:00 performance)
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Tues, Sept. 22
CIVIC panel (after 7:00 performance)
Panel bios
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Tues, Sept. 29
IRC panel (after 7:00 performance)

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Recomended sites to visit

IRC's Iraq pages:

You can also find the IRC on:
YouTube (
Twitter @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.

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.

Geert 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.

A few questions put to Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen by Geoffrey Jackson Scott, Literary Manager at NYTW

About the artists:
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.

As 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.

As 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.

As 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.