Coyote on a Fence
a drama by Bruce Graham
March 6-9, 13-15, 2014
Artistic Direction: Mark F. Batell
“The Show won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal award in 1998 for Best New
American Play and received Obie and Drama Desk nominations.”
Bobby .............. Carl Hanna
John ................. Rick Katon
Sam .............. Jenna Hinton
Shawna ......... Mary Hopper
"Coyote on a Fence" exposes the shades of gray inherent to the superficially black and white issues of capital punishment.
Inspired by real life, Coyote on a Fence revolves around the relationship between John Brennan, an arrogant intellectual and writer, and Bobby Reyburn, a young, naive and psychotic racist. They are neighbors on the Row, yet sitting on opposite sides of a moral divide over issues such as guilt and innocence, and religious beliefs.
Sam Fried is a liberal Pulitzer Prize journalist who is intrigued by John's eloquent inmate advocate newspaper. Shawna DuChamps is a hardened correctional officer who is just doing her job, tough and uncaring in one of the most deprecated but necessary professions whose very duties foster callousness.
As John and Bobby's relationship evolves toward its termination, it becomes clear that hues of gray dominate this issue. The mentally ill and psychotics' crimes become almost understandable.This powerful drama grips at every level and forces us to revisit our own prejudices and preconceived ideas. Are the men on death row animals? Do we dare separate the man from the crime, and view him as a human being? What are the consequences - to the men, to society, and to ourselves?