I Am Troy Davis
by Phillip Montgomery
based on the book by Jen Marlowe and Martina Davis-Correia, with Troy Davis

Sunday December 8 at 3:00 pm
Donations gratefully accepted here
Tickets available here
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014


Four federal death row inmates are scheduled for execution between December 9 and January 15—with promises of more to follow. If these killings proceed, they will be the first federal executions in the U.S. in 16 years.

To protest these upcoming executions, and to expose the violence of our country’s criminal justice system, Donkeysaddle Projects and partners are producing a powerful staged reading of I Am Troy Davis. Troy was an innocent man on Georgia’s death row, who was executed in 2011. I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a violent criminal justice system where life and death hang in the balance. It is also a testament to the power of love and resilience of family.

The performers include those most impacted by state and racist violence: death row survivors; family members of death row prisoners and wrongfully convicted people; relatives of those killed by police or in racist lynchings.


You will not want to miss this theatrical resistance!

Reserve your tickets here!


The performers:

  • Airickca Gordon-Taylor (cousin of 14-year-old Emmett Till, lynched in Mississippi in 1955)
  • Aisha Salaam-Malone (sister of Yusef Salaam, from the Central Park 5 case) 

  • Yvette Allen (sister of Billie Allen, on federal death row with an innocence case)
  • Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson (uncle of Oscar Grant, killed by BART police in 2009)
  • Delia Perez Meyer (sister of Lou Perez, on Texas death row with an innocence case)

  • Eric Taylor (actor-activist)
  • Gwenn Carr (mother of Eric Garner, killed in a NYPD choke hold in 2014)

  • Lawrence Hayes (former death row prisoner in NY State)
  • Lee Wengraf (organizer and activist)

  • Phyllis Prentice (wife of Shujaa Graham, death row survivor)
  • Ron Davis (father of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed in in 2012 in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Sharonne Salaam (mother of Yusef Salaam, from the Central Park 5 case)

  • Sabrina Butler (exonerated after nearly 3 years on MS death row) 

  • Sera-Lys McArthur (actor-activist)
  • Shujaa Graham (exonerated after 8 years in prison, 6 of them on CA death row) 



Directed by Heather Holmes and LaChrisha Brown with Brittany King and Cherrell Brown


The event will also include artwork by Billie Allen, who is on federal death row awaiting an execution date, despite an innocence claim.


Partner organizations:
Donkeysaddle Projects is producing the I Am Troy Davis event in partnership with Blackbird, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the People’s Forum, Witness to Innocence, Legal Defense Fund, Death Penalty Action, and the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation.

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