What: Coyote on a Fence.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and March 1, 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday (which will have sign language interpretation).
Where: The College at Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley St., Brockport.
Cost: $15 ($10 for seniors and $8 for students).
For information: (585) 395-2787.
John and Bobby are inmates waiting on death row of a southern prison. John claims he is innocent, while Bobby freely admits of his horrific crime. The 2 characters bring their conversations to life at the College at Brockport in Bruce Graham’s award-winning play, Coyote on a Fence.
The play, which opens Friday, is part of a week of programs exploring capital punishment at the college:
• Sister Helen Prejean will give a speech entitled “Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hartwell Dance Theatre. It is free and open to the public
Prejean wrote the best-selling book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which was adapted into a movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon as Prejean.
• The Tower Fine Arts Gallery will host Lucinda Devlin’s free photo exhibit, “The Omega Suites,” which opens Saturday and runs through March 30. “The Omega Suites” will be a dual exhibit alongside “On and Off the Wall: Paper is Art.”
Coyote on a Fence isn’t an advocacy work. The play, which continues Saturday and Sunday and next weekend, allows audience members to come to their own conclusions about the death penalty.
The play, which received two Drama Desk Awards and The Rosenthal Prize, should also be considered R-rated for profane and racist language. The show’s director at the College at Brockport, Frank Kuhn, says that Graham does not want the show to get “indulgent” or “weepy.”
“It’s a unique play,” says Kuhn, who has been at the College at Brockport for eight years. “It’s got a whole range of values, humor and human interest.”
Kuhn says this play “has been one of the richest experiences I’ve had with actors.”
(source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)