Barred from Life News

Barred from Life was performed April 9 and 10 at the Attic in Santa Cruz. After viewing this performance Dance Magazine writer Rita Felciano wrote the following article which appears in the September issue of the magazine. Read the story here

Shortly after its premiere Barred from Life was presented on May 1st, 2004 at the American Association of Law Schools - Clinical Legal Education national conference in San Diego. In January 2005 this organization honored Barred from Life with a special CLEA CREATIVITY AWARD for its approach to confronting important legal and humanitarian issues and for exemplifying inter-disciplinary collaboration. Cookie Ridolfi, David J. Popalisky and John Stoll were present to receive this award at the AALS national convention at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco.

Barred from Life will be performed in September at the Presentation Theatre at University of San Francisco (2350 Turk Street, just west of Masonic Ave.). Performances will be on Thursday, September 23 at 8 PM and Sunday, September 26 at 7 PM. (Ticket Information) Following each performance will be a discussion with Bay Area exonerees and Delbert Tibbs of Chicago, a death row survivor, along with Professors Cookie Ridolfi and David Popalisky.

During the week of performance David J. Popalisky, Delbert Tibbs and Cookie Ridolfi will be visiting Dance and Philosophy classes at USF to discuss the critical issues of wrongful conviction and the creative process behind Barred from Life. These performances are sponsored by the Performing Arts and Social Justice Program at the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University School of Law.

Barred from Life received a special mention in the August, 2004 Dance Magazine in the "Education Matters" section on page 55.

Barred from Life will be going on the road.

David Popalisky travelled to Chicago in early August where he met with Delbert Tibbs and James Newsome, two of the exonerees who participated in Barred from Life and who also came to Santa Clara last spring for the premiere. He also met with representatives from the Center on Wrongful Conviction at Northwestern University Law School and Loyola University of Chicago. Negotiations are now being finalized to bring Barred from Life to Loyola University of Chicago during the week of March 14-18 and to Milwaukee, WI in the week before. Contacts are in process for possible performances in Minneapolis as well
 
In early July David J. Popalisky interviewed John Stoll who was exonerated just this past May through the work of lawyers from the Northern California Innocence Project. His story will be integrated into Barred from Life for upcoming performances.
 



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"For someone to know me I have to tell my story. And it's delicate with the word 'rape' attached. Sometimes you get judged just because you've been to prison, or you're a dangerous person because you've been to prison."

- DAVID POPE