Downtown Passerby

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April 19, 2004 // UPDATED 1:20 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Photographer Rich Ryan and reporter Sarah McKenzie recently stopped Lucas Fahey, a maintenance technician at the Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., as he placed letters on the marquee announcing the arrival of "The Exonerated," a play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen about six innocent survivors of death row.

Fahey works behind the scenes at the theater, attending to upkeep and detail work. After climbing down from a ladder, he reflected on his work.

"I don't mind it too much being that it's beautiful weather like this," he said, after placing the final letters on the marquee. "Usually, the day before the show, we'll put it up. Otherwise, when there's nothing going on for a while, what we'll do is we will put the calendar up -- letting people know about upcoming events. We just changed this one today. ['The Exonerated'] is coming in tomorrow. ... We're doing a lot of manual stuff all day. It gets kind of tiresome. It's fun to have a light heart -- light spirit."