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Author biography

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions.  She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.  She considers herself a southern storyteller. Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She […]

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.  […]

Composer Biography

Jake Heggie, Composer & Pianist Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Dead Man Walking (libretto by Terrence McNally), Moby-Dick (libretto by Gene Scheer), It’s A Wonderful Life (Scheer), Great Scott (McNally), Three Decembers (Scheer), To Hell and Back (Scheer), Out of Darkness: Two Remain (Scheer), At the Statue of Venus (McNally) and […]

Dead Man Walking Synopsis

DEAD MAN WALKING An Opera in Two Acts Music by Jake Heggie Libretto by Terrence McNally Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ SYNOPSIS Place and Time: Louisiana in the 1980s Prologue: Two teenagers are brutally murdered by Joseph and Anthony De Rocher. ACT I In a poor New Orleans school, Sister Helen […]