CRANFORD – On Oct. 28, the Union County College Alumni Association will present the Off-Broadway play, The Castle. The play features four ex-convicts, who tell their stories about the obstacles criminal offenders confront upon their release. The production will be held at 3 p.m. in the Roy Smith Theater at the college’s Cranford campus.
The play was written by the actors. Angel Ramos, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, and Casimiro Torres, all collaborated with David Rothenberg on the script when he brought them together for the production. Rothenberg developed the idea for the play and serves as its director. In 1967 he established the nonprofit Fortune Society, which works to improve prison conditions and help ex-convicts. The Castle is a halfway house run by the Fortune Society, located on the Upper West Side in New York City, and is for people newly released from prison.
Together, the actors have more than 70 years in New York prisons. As the actors tell their stories, and share how they have changed their lives, the play serves as a public service announcement as it awakens the audience to reconsider how they view and treat former offenders. The 70 minute performance will be followed by a discussion between the performers and the audience.
This Alumni Association sponsored event is grant funded by the Roy Smith Cultural Endowment Fund. There is no admission fee and the public is welcome to attend. The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information about Union County College or the College’s Alumni Association, visit www.ucc.edu.
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