Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project


Produced in Association 

4/8–5/1, 2016 
By Lee Nowell

Directed by Rachel May

Thurs–Sat 8pm | Sun 5pm
Preview 4/7 at 8pm

Inside Scoop 4/24 at 5pm

Pay-what-you-can Industry Night 4/25 at 8pm 

Apr. 08, 2016 - May. 01, 2016

Synchronicity Theatre
at Peachtree Pointe
1545 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

It is 2011. Troy Davis is about to be executed for killing a white police officer, catalyzing worldwide debates about racial justice & capital punishment. Burned-out activist Alison finds purpose in efforts to exonerate Davis, exasperating her corporate lawyer husband. Civil Rights veteran Mary and her grandson Curtis clash on capital punishment in light of a dark trauma in their past. Commissioned by Synchronicity, this powerful world premiere by Lee Nowell presents a balanced investigation of diverse beliefs about race, justice and the death penalty. The two acts are played in alternating order each night; half of performances begin with Act 1 and half with Act 2. *Note: the entire show plays every night.*
There will be a discussion following each performance.

Mature subject matter, no one under 13 admitted.

Read about our experience creating this show on our blog

Community Partners: Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, The Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice, Spelman College, Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Emory’s Ethics and the Arts program. 


Cynthia D. Barker* - Lucy, Utility #4

John Benzinger - Tony, John, Utility #1

Eddie Bradley, Jr. - Utility #2

Lane Carlock - Alison

Danielle Deadwyler* - Utility #3

Terry Henry - Mary

Eric Mendenhall* - Bob

Stephen Ruffin - Curtis

Production Team


This production has been supported by an incredible design and dramaturgical team, which includes:
Gabrielle Fulton and Shontelle Thrash - Dramaturgs
Deadra Moore - Stage Manager
Ken Yunker - Lighting Design
Barrett Doyle - Set Design
Elisabeth Cooper - Properties Design
Christopher Bartelski & Michael Ten Pas - Sound Design and Original Composition
Dale Adams - Projections Design
Sydney Roberts - Costume Design
Carter Eastis - Technical Direction
Lisa Green - Production Management
Britny Horton - Female understudy and Assistant Stage Manager/Intern
Tim Davy - Assistant Stage Manager/Intern
Brad Brinkley - Male understudy
Kathy Janich - Lobby display curator

About the Playwright

Playwright Lee Nowell began her career at Hedgerow Theatre (PA), the country’s oldest resident repertory theatre company, where she trained to be a director with Obie award winner, Lou Lippa. She focused on new play development and workshopped world premiere productions.  After two seasons at Hedgerow, she was nominated for the New York Drama League’s Directors Lab. 

Her plays have been workshopped and produced by Theatre in the Square (Urban Fairytale), Metropolitan Theatre Alliance (Preacher from the Black Lagoon), Actor’s Express (Albatross, Paper House, Obsession), Ex Somnium (How to Survive Being Human), Horizon Theatre (Blue Angels Weekend), and Play West (The Commission).

She is the recipient of an Inverness Playwriting Award, two Turner New Voices in the Works Grants (Paper HouseObsession), an NEA Grant (Beyond Reasonable Doubt:  The Troy Davis Project) and has been nominated for The List (Paper House), a Jennie Award (Urban Fairytale), a Suzi Bass Award (Albatross), and an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Award (Paper House)Albatross was nominated for “Best Play of the Year” by Atlanta Theatre Fans.

I Blame Andy WarholMagical Cloak of Invisibility, A Message to Our SponsorsHealth Tip of the DayLiving the Dream, and State of Georgia were featured in the Atlanta One-Minute Play Festivals. Ms. Nowell’s full-length play, How to Survive Being Human, was a semi-finalist for the Heiress and Trustus National Playwriting Competitions. Lee was also commissioned, with author Phillip DePoy, to adapt a play from the novel, Pot LiquorUrban Fairytale and Preacher from the Black Lagoon were also collaborations with Phillip DePoy.

How to Survive Being Human will be produced by Ex Somnium in Fall 2014.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project, based on a controversial trial in Savannah, GA, was commissioned by Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA) and will be workshopped in partnership with Spelman in Spring 2015.

Ms. Nowell attended Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in drama.

About the show

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The reviews are in! Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project is …

“Well-researched and pivotal.”
~ Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 "Riveting -- and vital."

Audiences are raving -- calling the production. . .
"Very meaningful!"
"An immediate and essential work."  
"Incredibly written, directed and cast!”

Creative Loafing listed it as one of its "Top 5 Things to Do" in Atlanta!
Encore Atlanta listed BRD as a "Best Bet" two weeks in a row!

And Beyond Reasonable Doubt is "recommended" by The Suzi Bass Awards!

Check out some of the press that the show has received to date:

Creative Loafing preview

PBA30 feature segment

WABE Closer Look *segment begins at 23:24

WXIA-11 Alive segment interview with Playwright Lee Nowell review by Jim Farmer

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