Memphis Theater Tackles Death Penalty and Mental Illness

The Ballad of Angie Awry
The Ballad of Angie Awry

The work of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is the inspiration for a local playwright and his latest show, The Ballad of Angie Awry.

Bill Baker, the founding director of Our Own Voice Theater Troupe, wrote this play about mental illness and the criminal justice system based on efforts to end Tennessee’s death penalty for people with severe and persistent mental illness. In writing the play, Baker also drew from the experiences of people involved in The Jericho Project, an initiative of the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender.

Our Own Voice Theater Troupe was established in 1991 as a way to engage Memphis in a conversation about mental health.

The Ballad of Angie Awry is the fictional account of a young women with schizophrenia who commits murder.

Where: Theater Works, 2085 Monroe

When: Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8 p.m. Click here for ticketing

Representatives from the Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender and Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will be available to answer questions after Friday night’s performance.

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