Monday, August 29, 2016

Count Time


This one was hard. According to The Fringe website, Count Time "tells the story of Patricia Prewitt’s journey through decades of incarceration for a murder she did not commit. Accused and wrongfully convicted of murdering her husband, Patty has served thirty years of a fifty year sentence with no hope of parole until 2036. Ms. Townsend interviewed Patty Prewitt and all the other living people portrayed in this searing and moving testimony to the enduring spirit of human survival. We hope to convince Governor Nixon to commute her sentence and set her free."

The one act play traces the story of Prewitt's life, from hard childhood to tumultuous marriage to horribly unjust conviction to decades in prison, arising from small-town Missouri egos and politics. It was a gut punch but, in the end, I am glad I experienced it. Actress Elizabeth Ann Townsend's performance was extraordinary.           





3 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I found it hard even to read about it. I read that article about the story.

William Kendall said...

I can see that would be a very difficult one to attend.

bill burke said...

That play would be hard to attend but maybe she will get more publicity now and something could be done for her case. Hopefully the injustice could be soften by her immediate release.