“The world premiere of Cori Thomas’ Lockdown, about the impacts of long-term incarceration and the reality of life inside prison, has found its cast. The Off-Broadway production will feature Eric Berryman (currently starring in his show The B-Side at St. Ann’s Warehouse), Curt Morlaye (Gotham), Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney, Fences), and Zenzi Williams (School Girls, Henry V).
Lockdown will be directed by Kent Gash (Barbeque) at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Performances will begin April 17 ahead of a May 2 opening.
Inspired by playwright Thomas’ time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison, Lockdown explores the possibilities for transformation through human connection.
‘We need to honor these remarkable men I’ve come to know and care about, and their very great and resilient spirit, and ability to live meaningful lives despite terrible and unfair circumstances,” says Thomas. “I am inspired to attempt to make sure that their dignity and resolve to return back to a society that has never given them a fair chance is paid attention to and understood. One of the men once said to me, ‘I wish people on the outside saw us as individuals.’ My wish to make his wish come true drives this play and my continued efforts on behalf of the millions of men, mostly of color, spending their entire lives, incarcerated, with very little hope of freedom.’”…Continue reading on Playbill.