Broken Morning: Stories from the Death Row Factory

Drama with Songs
Broken Morning is based on interviews with men on death row at the Huntsville prison; death row guards, the captain, warden, and chaplain; a woman on death row in the Gatesville prison, Texas; and victims’ family members in Dallas. The play takes place in the sewing factory at the Ellis One Unit of the prison where men awaiting execution go to work every weekday. Interwoven with their stories of violence, poverty and personal demons are the stories of people who surround the business of death row and the sorrow and hopes of the victims’ families. The play contains songs: lyrics by Mark Campbell and music by Daniel Sonenberg.

Margi Sharp, Sophia Skiles, George Hanna, Kaipo Schwab, Brian Nishii, Photo: Adrian Buckmaster
Margi Sharp playing Paul, an African American man. Photo: Brian Nishii
Brian Nishii playing Captain Green, a a Caucasian man in his 50s and George Hannah playing Officer Kelly, a young Asian American
Cast Requirements

5 multi-racial actors to play multiple roles

Set Description



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Broken Morning is a powerful and important work of theatre…is compelling storytelling of the first order. This is theatre at its best, doing what theatre does best.”


Production and Development History

Productions: Dallas Theatre Center, Big D of the Unexpected Festival (1999); Crossing Jamaica Avenue in co-production with HERE Arts Center (2003).