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April 7, 2002 | HUGH HART
Two summers ago Jessica Blank and her boyfriend, Erik Jensen, embarked on a road trip from New York to Minneapolis. It was no vacation. They were visiting survivors of death row. "We'd drive to one person's house, do an interview for two or three hours, get back on the road, drive 12 hours into the next state to get there just in time for the next interview. One of us would sleep and one of us would drive," recalls Blank, sitting in front of the empty stage at the Actors' Gang theater.
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November 4, 2007 | Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes the Throttle Jockey column for The Times.
More than 1.5 million teenagers run away in the United States each year. One million more are "throwaways" -- kids who either have been kicked out or abandoned by their parents. If these numbers don't shock and appall, the fictionalized teens in "Almost Home," Jessica Blank's debut young-adult novel, should do the trick.
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November 4, 2007 | Susan Carpenter, Susan Carpenter writes the Throttle Jockey column for The Times.
More than 1.5 million teenagers run away in the United States each year. One million more are "throwaways" -- kids who either have been kicked out or abandoned by their parents. If these numbers don't shock and appall, the fictionalized teens in "Almost Home," Jessica Blank's debut young-adult novel, should do the trick.
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April 7, 2002 | HUGH HART
Two summers ago Jessica Blank and her boyfriend, Erik Jensen, embarked on a road trip from New York to Minneapolis. It was no vacation. They were visiting survivors of death row. "We'd drive to one person's house, do an interview for two or three hours, get back on the road, drive 12 hours into the next state to get there just in time for the next interview. One of us would sleep and one of us would drive," recalls Blank, sitting in front of the empty stage at the Actors' Gang theater.
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September 19, 2002
The Exonerated (Actors' Gang Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, [323] 465-0566, Ext. 15). Ken Palmer, above, plays one of six death row inmates freed by new evidence in the drama based on interviews with 100 people who were wrongly convicted. The actors tell their harrowing stories directly to the audience in the narrative written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, culled almost entirely from the survivors' own words. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Indefinitely. $25.
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January 27, 2005 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
"The Exonerated," an affecting new telefilm based on the off-Broadway play devoted to the stories of six people vindicated after wrongfully being sent to prison, reminds us of the simple power of words when delivered by fine actors. Writers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen used interviews, court documents, depositions, testimonies and letters to craft their script, an anthology that plays as a scathing critique of American justice.
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June 27, 2002 | Philip Brandes
Theater The Exonerated--To speak of life-or-death stakes in "The Exonerated" is, for once, no exaggeration. Created and directed by New York-based Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen from interviews they conducted with former death-row inmates whose wrongful convictions were eventually overturned, a riveting Actors' Gang staging examines capital punishment and the justice system in chilling terms.
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November 26, 2002
The Ovation Awards are presented annually by Theatre LA, a service organization for Los Angeles theaters. This year, nearly 350 productions were eligible for consideration. Any production from a producer or company that belongs to Theatre LA is eligible but must pay a $45 registration fee on top of the membership dues of between $295 and $1,800 a year (depending on a company's annual gross) or $225 for a three-month membership (used by temporary producers).
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April 26, 2002 | PHILIP BRANDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To speak of life-or-death stakes in "The Exonerated" is, for once, no exaggeration. Created and directed by New York-based Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen from interviews they conducted with former death row inmates whose wrongful convictions were eventually overturned, a riveting Actors' Gang staging examines capital punishment and the justice system in chilling terms.
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December 12, 2013 | Matt Cooper
Birds do it, bees do it, even Broadway's Rachel York does it in her new cabaret show, "Let's Fall in Love. " Plus, three distinctly different takes on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol. " How to Be a Rock Critic Staged reading of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's play about music writer Lester Bangs. Upstairs@KDT, Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Today, 1 p.m. $10. (213) 628-2772. Diversity: Through the Director's Eye Several local theaters' artistic directors take part in a discussion of diversity in Southern California theater.
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September 30, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deaf West Theatre's innovative "Big River" collected the most Ovation Award nominations, announced Sunday. The sign-language-enriched musical took 11 nominations, the most for any single show. A modified version of the production will be produced by the Mark Taper Forum, opening Nov. 14. Four shows tied for second place in the nominations tally, with eight apiece: Taper productions of "Flower Drum Song" and "Into the Woods," Colony Theatre's "Side Show" and Road Theatre's "Napoli Milionaria."
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