In stark, fevered, poetic lines, Valen Arnoux confesses his intimate participation in 131 executions. As a prison guard and member of the strap down team, he is compelled to rehearse, to perfect his timing and skills, to synchronize his movements with the precise choreography of the team. Each member takes his turn playing the role of the condemned, “because no body is the same, and every man responds differently.” These theatrical performances catalyze an uncanny sense of identification-any man might be himself, his closest friend, his brother . . .