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Inmate Makes The Most Of Borrowed Time In 'When I Come To Die'

A prisoner on death row, for a decade, prepares to die. But, then something goes wrong on the morning that's supposed to be his last - the lethal injection is not lethal. That's the premise of the production, When I Come to Die, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Thursday on Central Standard, we talk with playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, a Kansas City, Kan. native, and director Kyle Hatley about researching the prison experience, the death penalty, and the tools of a writer.

When I Come to Die marks the second play by Jackson to be staged by the Rep. The first, Broke-ology, was a family drama about two brothers caring for an ailing father, based on Jackson's own personal experiences. Both debuted at Lincoln Center Theatre's LCT3 program in New York.


  • Nathan Louis Jackson, resident playwright at the Rep
  • Kyle Hatley, associate artistic director at the Rep


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Laura Spencer has been an arts reporter at KCUR since 2001. Follow her on Twitter @lauraspencer.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.