His latest album, Jerusalem, arrived in record stores just
two weeks ago, but Steve Earle has other release on the docket: His
first play, Karla will open in Nashville on October 25th.
An outspoken opponent of the death penalty, Earle’s play focuses
on the life and death of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman
executed in Texas since the 1860s. Tucker was convicted of two 1983
murders, and her case drew national attention in the late-Nineties
when she became a born again Christian and pleaded for clemency,
citing repentance and rehabilitation. Tucker’s request was denied
by then Gov. George Bush, and she was executed February 3,
“You know, people change on Death Row,” says Earle. “It doesn’t
happen very often, but it does happen. And there’s plenty of guys
who go down and don’t say anything and are defiant ’til the end and
there’s guys who go down declaring their innocence every step of
the way. But we’re fighting a war on crime the same way we fought
the Vietnam War, it’s about a body count. It’s not about results.
It’s about ‘OK, I’m tough on crime, I’ve put this many people on
death row. And now I’m running for governor, elect me.'”
The play will open at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville as a
BroadAxe Theater production, running from October 25th through
November 2nd, over the span of seven shows. Sara Sharpe, the
Artistic Director of BroadAxe, will star in the title role, along
with W. Earl Brown (There’s Something About Mary), Holly
Allen, Brandon Boyd (not of Incubus) and Julie Rowe.