A Lesson Before Dying

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DOI: 10.5040/9781580814706.01

Duration: 1:23:49

  • 001_Intro.mp3 0:00:39
  • 002_Act I Scene 1_The Bayonne Courthouse.mp3 0:10:59
  • 003_Act I Scene 2_A Schoolroom in Bayonne.mp3 0:02:41
  • 004_Act I Scene 3_The Rainbow Club.mp3 0:02:56
  • 005_Act I Scene 4_The Bayonne Courthouse.mp3 0:09:44
  • 006_Act I Scene 5_The Rainbow Club.mp3 0:04:51
  • 007_Act I Scene 6_The Bayonne Courthouse.mp3 0:13:26
  • 008_Act II Scene 1_The Rainbow Club.mp3 0:04:08
  • 009_Act II Scene 2_A Schoolroom in Bayonne.mp3 0:04:16
  • 010_Act II Scene 3_The Courthouse.mp3 0:08:11
  • 011_Act II Scene 4_Schoolroom .mp3 0:02:26
  • 012_Act II Scene 5_The Bayonne Courthouse.mp3 0:05:03
  • 013_Act II Scene 6_The Rainbow Club.mp3 0:02:08
  • 014_Act II Scene 7_The Courthouse.mp3 0:07:22
  • 015_Act II Scene 8_Schoolroom in Bayonne.mp3 0:03:37
  • 016_Outro.mp3 0:01:22

Based on Ernest J. Gaines’ National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940’s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson’s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one’s own fate.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Rick Foucheux as Paul Bonin

Keith Glover as Grant Wiggins

Jamahl Marsh as Jefferson

Linda Powell as Vivian Baptiste

Jefferson A. Russell as Reverend Moses Ambrose

Jerry Whiddon as Sam Guidry

Beatrice Winde as Emma Glenn

Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded at Voice of America in Washington DC.

Featuring: Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, Linda Powell, Jefferson A. Russell, Jerry Whiddon, Beatrice Winde

From Lesson Before Dying, A

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LA Theatre Works

Romulus Linney

ISBN: 9781580814706

Series: L.A. Theatre Works

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