Dead Man Walking
When Sister Helen Prejean wrote the book “Dead Man Walking” about her work with death row inmates, she probably never thought the subject matter would become a film, a play…or an opera.
The opera, written by Jake Heggie and Terence McNally, tells the story of Joseph De Rocher, a convicted murder, and Sister Prejean’s struggle to save his life and his soul . What emerges is an emotional, musically soaring portrait of one of the most serious ethical issues facing us today–the death penalty.
Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic religious nun and adovcate for the abolition of the death penalty
Graham Wright, founder and host of Opus Affair– an arts salon in Boston
Check out this lecture by Sister Prejean about her experiences with death row inmates:
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