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Dead Man Walking In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean agreed to serve as spiritual advisor to convicted murderer Patrick Sonnier; two years later, she did the same for Robert Lee Willie. In this memoir of Prejean’s introduction to the cap­ital punishment system, we come to know two condemned men she advises and ultimately accompanies to their […]

The Journey of Dead Man Walking

The Journey of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie It’s hard to believe now, but when Terrence McNally and I first met in New York in 1996 to discuss a possible opera collaboration, it was a comic work that the producer had in mind. Something light and celebratory for the millennium. Being almost completely unknown […]

Author biography

Sister Helen Prejean was born April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 (now know as the Congregation of St. Joseph) and received a B.A. in English and Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans in 1962. In 1973, she earned an M.A. in […]

Librettist Biography

Terrence McNally is one of the American Theatre’s most important living playwrights. His groundbreaking contributions to the art of theatre are incredibly far-reaching and span five decades. His ability to move effortlessly between history and current events, intimate emotional portraits and sweeping cultural landscapes, continues to make him an integral part of the American theatre.  […]