Words from the Director...
About the Play...
With only five years left on a 25-year prison sentence, the one thing that keeps Townsend alive are the visits from his wife. But when a fire breaks out in an overcrowded prison, forcing two inmates to join him in his cell. Jasper, a pious man with no remorse for the true crime he hides is convinced his purpose is to minister to the other prisoners. Train, a sociopath, playing one for the other and manipulating everyone around him while using the prison system as is best tool.
All Townsend wants is his space back, a place to hunker down and ride out the last years of his sentence. But as Jasper struggles with his faith, Train holds information that threatens Jasper's survival in this penitentiary. All the while, the sins of Townsend's past pay him a visit, settling a debt. His last five years become jeopardized, his privacy invaded as Train tries to pull him into his scheme.
An explosionis brewing. The only question: Who will be left standing?
This play is about what happens when we create a prison of the mind. If we think free, we will live free.
This is dedicated to all the people who are caught up in the system due to lack of education, injustice, suffering from financial hardship, the absence of a mother, a father, a support system and love.
Thanks to my wonderful talented and amazing cast mates for capturing the essence of the characters and bringing them to life; and for forming a brotherhood on and off stage through our craft. Thanks to the top notch producers and production staff, making sure we all shine. My love goes out to my wife, daughters, Father, brother, step mother, grand parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends who made sacrifices for me; believing and encouraging everything I do. It's true what they say, "It takes a village." Thanks for being my village. To my Mom who watches over me and helped me get the first run of this play off paper and to the stage.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
May God bless you all in every area of your life.
Fred Thomas Jr.
Producer, Writer, Director, Actor