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Documentary Play on Children Sentenced to Die in Prison to be Performed at Monmouth University

The Monmouth University Center for the Arts, the Department of Political Science and Sociology, the Department of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Work will present playwright Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg’s verbatim theatre piece “Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison” on Dec. 5 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in Pollak Theatre.

The documentary play will share the stories of four people sentenced to life in prison for committing violent crimes as children, as well as the story of forgiveness from one victim’s grandson. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion on themes discussed in the play, including restorative justice and radical forgiveness.

“Life, Death, Life Again” is inspired by phone, mail, and email interviews Weill-Greenberg conducted from 2014 to 2017.  She interviewed people who committed violent crimes as children and were sentenced to die in prison, as well as victims of violent crimes who forgave the person who killed their loved one.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved online. Monmouth University faculty who wish to attend with their classes may RSVP by emailing Johanna Foster at jfoster@monmouth.edu with the class count. For faculty who cannot bring classes, but can incentivize or encourage their students to attend on their own, please have those students RSVP online.

This performance is produced by coLAB Arts, and is sponsored by the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and Juvenile Law Center.  It is approved for two social work continuing education unit (CEU) credits.

For more information on this event please contact Johanna Foster at 732-263-5440 or jfoster@monmouth.edu.