Capital punishment focus of staged reading, discussion

KillingCrazyUNKKEARNEY – A short play followed by discussion on capital punishment is being presented at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Bornstein_BrianAngels Theatre Company of Lincoln will perform a staged reading of “Killing Crazy” to catalyze discussion about Nebraska’s stance on capital punishment, as well as the ethics of killing someone who may not be of sound mind.

The event, free and open to the public, is at 4 p.m. Friday at the Studio Theatre inside the Fine Arts Building on the UNK campus.

“Killing Crazy” is a short play by Brian Bornstein about Louis Righetti, a prisoner on death row whose competency to be executed is in question due to possible mental illness.

Bornstein is director of University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s law-psychology program.

He will attend the Friday discussion and be joined after the performance in a discussion on the death penalty by Krista Forrest, psychology professor at UNK, and Buffalo and Hall County District Court Judge William T. Wright of the 9th Judicial District.

The event is sponsored by UNK Psychology Department, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, and Office of Graduate Studies and Research.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Source: Krista Forrest, professor Department of Psychology, 308.865.8192,

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