Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs spoke with The New Yorker on the eve of her performance in “The Exonerated” at the Culture Project. Jacobs is one of six people freed from death row who are featured in the play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. The current production stars Delroy Lindo, Stockard Channing, Lyle Lovett and others, and will feature Jacobs for just one week to play the role of herself.
Jacobs told The New Yorker:
“I was asked to fill in as a Sunny. At first, it was difficult, and then it was freeing. It is not easy to dig down inside and relive the most painful parts of one’s life night after night. But the overwhelming feelings of love that I felt from the cast and crew, and, afterward, from the audience, were very healing. I feel very blessed for having had the opportunity.”