"Last Words" - Death Penalty Debate
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"Last Words" - Death Penalty Debate

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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The best kept secret in music


"Your words struck me and left me jaw-dropped watching in amazement"

University of Alabama - Birmingham

Mr. Carnes,

I am the 'Air Force' guy from UA. I never properly introduced myself so I will take a sec to do so. My name is Travis Gwinnup. I'm a 20 year old wanna be pilot from Rockwall Texas. I'm pretty much the stereotypical Texan so that can give you some insight about me. I also wanted to take a sec to applaud you on your performance tonight. I'm usually not one to attend theatrical events but the title caught my attention so I went and watched you. It was absolutely outstanding...and coming from a military guy that's pretty damn good. Your words struck me and left me jaw-dropped watching in amazement as you went through your different parts. You have a great talent and I believe you are doing an awesome service for Soldiers, Airman, Marines, and Seaman past and present. It was a pleasure meeting you before and then again after the show. I enjoyed talking with you and sharing ideas and experiences. Hopefully somewhere down the road I will get the opportunity to see the full show. Again, I want to say thank you for coming to the University of Alabama and thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our troops young and old.

Travis Gwinnup - Letter - University of Alabama - Birmingham - Travis Gwinnup


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With recent controversial decisions surrounding the latest executions the debate is again taking center stage. Neither advocating for or against, Kenny Carnes’ informative one-man show is based on real last word testimonies spoken by some of America 's most infamous death row inmates. This theatrical performance incorporates an anthology of death row storytelling designed to educate us on the complex issues surrounding capital crime and punishment. “Last Words” is a truth-based docudrama culminating from hundreds of actual inmates, victims, families, guards, wardens, and politicians synthesized into a performance art piece that is punctuated by strong arguments from both advocates and abolitionists. Audiences act as jury to decide a sentence of life or death challenging us to widen our own sense of social justice, political activism, and personal beliefs. Amnesty International spokesperson, Kristin Houlé, says, “Kenny Carnes humanizes us where we do not expect to find humanity.”