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Lesson Before Dying, A

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Lesson Before Dying, A

Lesson Before Dying, A

By: Ernest J. Gaines

audio performed by: Rick Foucheux
genre: Fiction - Full cast audio drama
publication date:05/03/2016
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Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. 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 D.C.