DEATH ROW BLUES on Saturday, July 1, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at Hunter College

Staring Darby Tillis
Exonerated death row prisoner DARBY TILLIS is coming to New York to perform his one-man musical, DEATH ROW BLUES.

The Chicago Daily Herald called Tillis 'an imposing stage presence with his life at the core of his art.'

In 1987, Darby Tillis was exonerated for the crime of murder in the state of Illinois after a record five trials and eight years behind bars, becoming among the first prisoners ever to be released from Death Row. Since his release, Tillis has been working with the grassroots organization The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) and has been traveling the country fighting the death penalty through song and speech.

In conjunction with Darbeau Productions, CEDP will be presenting Tillis' one-man-show DEATH ROW BLUES on Saturday, July 1, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at Hunter College. The musical details Darby's incarceration and the life he lived on Illinois' infamous Death Row.

In DEATH ROW BLUES, Tillis narrates his life through gospel and blues songs, accompanied by guitarist Davy Lafuenta. During the play's Chicago presentation, Laurence Bryan, director of the National Pastime Theater, said, 'I was amazed and thought it deserved to be performed in a longer run.'

Held in the Thomas Hunter Building of Hunter College midtown campus (Room 105B), the event will be followed by discussion about the death penalty and its impact on society, led by the Hunter chapter of the CEDP.

Tickets to DEATH ROW BLUES are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information contact: Alex Clermont,, or 718-614-7419