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.
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.
with Fajre Al-Kaisi, Amir Arison, Leila Buck, Maha Chehlaoui, Demosthenes, Chrysan, Daoud Heidami, Omar Koury, Laith Nakli and Rasha Zamamiri