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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
In Association with
ShadowCatcher Entertainment
Presents the World Premiere of:



By Cori Thomas
Directed by Kent Gash

April 17-May 19, 2019 

Presented in Partnership with Drama Club, Fortune Society, NYC Together, PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, Project Liberation, and Rehabilitation Through the Arts.

Set Design: Jason Sherwood
Costume Design: Kara Harmon
Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang
Sound Design: Justin Ellington
Dramaturg: Ignacia Delgado

C.O.: Eric Berryman*
Clue: Curt Morlaye
Wise: Keith Randolph Smith
Ernie: Zenzi Williams

Production Stage Manager: Genevieve Ortiz
Assistant Stage Manager: P. Tyler Britt
Production Manager: Jenny Beth Snyder
Technical Director: Aaron Gonzalez

Lockdown takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration and the reality of what life inside prison is really like. Inspired by Cori Thomas's time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison, Lockdown explores the possibilities for transformation through human connection. 

Following each performance of Lockdown is a community conversation that creates an opportunity for audiences to discuss the play with guest speakers who have firsthand knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform. This 25-minute moderated discussion will give the audience an opportunity to expand knowledge, deepen engagement and inspire action that can lead to vital policy changes.


“Lockdown” is capaciously compassionate, with excellent performances... a rare night at the theater, and a valuable one." - The New York Times

"Directed with nuance and empathy by Kent Gash for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cori Thomas’s beautifully structured play is a resonant demonstration of the inseparability of the personal from the political. Thomas has a great ear for prison folkways without ever seeming sociological about it. If the leads are magnetic, so are the supporting actors: Eric Berryman, as an officious newbie corrections officer, and Curt Morlaye, as a young inmate trapped between “hood rules” and prison regulations."
- The New Yorker

"At the Rattlestick Theater, with a towering and majestic performance by Keith Randolph Smith in the central role,  LOCKDOWN is electrifying and compelling... I have worked with and befriended men and women coming out of prison for more than five decades so I was not surprised by the humanity and emotional accessibility revealed in Wise’s persona... With Mr Smith’s heart-breaking revelation of Wise, Cori Thomas has succeeded, giving dramatic significance to abandoned souls."
-David Rothenberg, The Fortune Society

Lockdown was commissioned by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with support from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Lockdown is supported by The David Rockefeller Fund, The Tow Foundation, and The SHS Foundation.

*On the following dates, the role of C. O. will be played by Reynaldo Piniella:
Sunday May 5th @ 2PM
Monday, May 6th @ 11AM
Friday May 10th @ 2PM
Sunday May 12th @ 2PM
Thursday, May 16 @11AM
Friday May 17th @ 2PM
Friday May 17th @ 7PM
Saturday May 18th @ 7PM
Sunday May 19th @ 2PM

Video by Zanni Productions

Earlier Event: January 16
Later Event: June 3