The world premiere of Cori Thomas' Lockdown begins performances April 19 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Directed by Kent Gash (Barbeque) and inspired by Thomas' time with people serving sentences at San Quentin State Prison, the new play looks at the impacts of long-term incarceration and the reality of life inside prison.
Lockdown, which will officially open May 2, features a cast made up of Eric Berryman (The B-Side ), Curt Morlaye (Gotham), Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney, Fences), and Zenzi Williams (School Girls, Henry V).
Following each performance, Rattlestick will host a moderated community conversation featuring guest speakers who have firsthand knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform. This 25-minute discussion will give the audience an opportunity to expand knowledge, deepen engagement, and inspire action towards policy changes.
Lockdown features set design by Jason Sherwood (Rent Live!), costume design by Kara Harmon (The Wiz!), lighting design by Dawn Chiang (Zoot Suit), and sound design by Justin Ellington (The House That Will Not Stand). The dramaturg is Ignacia Delgado, the production manager is Jenny Beth Snyder, the technical director is Aaron Gonzalez, and the production stage manager is Genevieve Ortiz.
Thomas' other plays include When January Feels Like Summer, Pa's Hat, Flight 109, and My Secret Language of Wishes.
For tickets and more information visit Rattlestick.org.