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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 2, 2005

Janet Reno Headlines Events Connected To 'Exonerated' In Hancher

The Jan. 24-25 University of Iowa performances of "The Exonerated," a play staged by Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang that focuses on death-row inmates cleared by new evidence, has prompted Hancher Auditorium and the University Lecture Committee to collaborate on three days of free, public events preceding the performances in Hancher.

Among other events, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will address the death penalty and judicial reform in the Lecture Committee's annual Distinguished Lecture at 3 p.m. on January 22. Admission will be free and open to the public

A full schedule of events connected with "Exonerated" is now accessible on the Web -- -- and tickets to the Actors' Gang performances are available through the Hancher box office.

Other participants in the three days of events will include Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to be exonerated through post-conviction DNA evidence; Jeanne Bishop, a Chicago attorney associated with Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation; several members of the UI faculty; and company members of the Actors' Gang.

At the lecture, Reno will receive the Distinguished Lecture Medallion from the Lecture Committee. Past recipients include President Bill Clinton, South African President F.W. DeClerk and Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hancher performances of "The Exonerated" are supported by Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers PLC, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:, even while the box office is closed over the winter break.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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