Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

Fri - Sat, Nov 9 - 10 @ 8 pm

Sun, Nov 11 @ 2 pm

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Terrence McNally
Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean

Fri - Sat, Nov 9 - 10 @ 8 pm

Sun, Nov 11 @ 2 pm

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


ARTWORK BY SUE OVERTON

"opera with a powerful emotional heart."

Contra Costa Times

Hailed as one of the most important operas of the 21st century, this gripping story of grief, grace, and redemption is a modern classic. Dead Man Walking recounts the true story of Sister Helen Prejean and her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. Based on Sister Helen’s memoir and the Oscar-winning movie of the same name, this opera has impacted audiences worldwide since its landmark premiere in 2000. It is “a masterpiece of words, music and emotions.” (San Francisco Chronicle) With a powerful libretto by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and lush music by Jake Heggie—regarded as one of the great living opera composers—Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theatre since West Side Story.” (The Guardian)

Adult language, sexual violence and violence. Parental discretion advised. 


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