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College of Arts and Sciences hosts "The Exonerated" pre-show reception

Graphic for The Exonerated that features silhouettes of six individuals with the American flag faded behind them

By Sarah Shoaf, Staff Writer

Looking to connect more with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, Governors State University's (GovState) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Advisory Board is co-hosting a pre-show reception for “The Exonerated,” a Theatre and Performance Studies spring production that tells the stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row.

Set for opening night, April 4 at 6 p.m. in GovState’s E Lounge, and co-hosted by the CAS Advisory Board and GSU Foundation, the reception is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to network with one another and the CAS Advisory Board.

“This event will be the first time the CAS Advisory Board has ever co-hosted any type of event, and they are looking to do more of this type of engagement in the future,” said Stacy Amedeo, CAS Promotions and External Relations Coordinator.

Involvement in an event like this one aligns with one of the board’s goals of becoming more engaged with CAS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Hosting this event will hopefully allow the CAS Advisory Board members to engage with alums in meaningful ways while supporting an event like “The Exonerated,” said Amedeo. “Many of the board members are involved with non-profits and social justice issues, so engaging with our students and alumni around this very important topic just made sense.”

Both GovState and many CAS alumni are passionate advocates for social justice work, which has ties to the story behind “The Exonerated.”

Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, “The Exonerated” showcases six interwoven stories that paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

The reception is free, though all guests must RSVP to attend. Click here to RSVP. Registering for the reception also comes with details on how to purchase discounted tickets for “The Exonerated.”

Tickets for the show can be purchased here.