Twelve Hours


Dave Carley

About the Book

Twelve Hours is the story of Jimmy Stanton. Convicted of the rape and murder of a young woman, Jimmy is facing his last hours on Death Row. As his story unfolds, so do those of the people whose lives he has impacted, from the sister of the woman he killed, to the Governor who must decide if Jimmy’s execution should be commuted. Twelve Hours goes into the hearts and minds of ordinary people affected by a terrible crime-and the cruel and biased punishment that results.


Twelve Hours packs a lot of humanity into 90 minutes of gripping theatre … Eight beautifully written characters are vividly realized … This simply staged piece about a seemingly imminent death paradoxically brims with life.” – Columbus Dispatch

About the Author
Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright. His plays have had over 450 productions across Canada, the United States and in many countries around the world. They include Writing With our Feet (nominated for the Governor General’s Award); After You, Taking Liberties; The Last Liberal; and an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. Dave’s new drama, Twelve Hours grew out of his ongoing involvement in the anti-death penalty movement. For more on Dave, go to

DRA0130000 Drama/Canadian
96pp 5.5 x 8.5 in