Prison Performance with a Purpose

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 08/08 2014 04:53PM

Updated 08/08 2014 07:36PM

No, it's not Shakespeare.

The matching khaki shirts and pants aren't costumes.

"I was involved in a situation where someone lost their life by my own actions, and I take full responsibility for that," Jordan Brandon, an inmate at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility said.

And the story-line isn't much of a story at all.

"The script was inspired by true events, our everyday lives in prison and just what we see. We wanted to give a message to the inmate population," Brandon said. 

Brandon has been in prison since he was 16.

He spent the last six months of his 60-year sentence writing this play, "A Matter of Time."
"We started off with an original script, and just went from there. We just been rehearsing for about six months now," Brandon said.

Brandon and the rest of the cast are part of the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility's theater group.

Dr.Jacquelyn Frank directed the group's performance.

"A few of them have said to me it tends to build a sense of self confidence and assurance in terms of interacting with other people," Dr. Frank said. 

Steve Pigg plays himself in the production.
"The role that I'm playing is basically the old wise man that is encouraging the younger guys to take rehabilitation and program serious, so that way they can get out of prison and stay out," Pigg said.

Steve's been in prison for 21 years and has 12 more to serve.

"I was foolish to be part of a murder," Pigg said. 

And thanks to a rehabilitation program like this one, he won't be foolish again .

"We're trying to be responsible now and take responsible actions now opposed to what led us to prison to begin with, and what growing up in here has been all about," Pigg said.

"Don't use your environment as an excuse, don't use anything as an excuse. Just strive have a dream strive and stay positive," Brandon said.

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