The world premiere of Cori Thomas' Lockdown opens May 2 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 began performances April 19, 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).
The play interweaves the stories of a writer overcoming her own personal grief and a man serving a life sentence inside San Quentin.
Following each performance of Lockdown, Rattlestick hosts a moderated community conversation featuring guest speakers who have firsthand knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform. This 25-minute discussion offers 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.
The world premiere is produced in association with Shadowcatcher Entertainment
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.