‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ A Multimedia Production About Living Life While Black


‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ is a true story and Bryonn Bain lived it.

He was racially profiled and wrongfully incarcerated by the New York police when he was a Harvard Law student. Once released, Bain’s saga became a cover story for the Village Voice. He called it ‘Walking While Black‘ and it received the largest response in the history of the nation’s most widely read progressive newspaper.

Shortly after, Bain’s law school professor, Lani Guinier, suggested that he create a ‘hip hop opera’ based on his experience with the criminal justice system — and that’s exactly what he did.

Using poetry, comedy, dance, blues, spoken word, calypso, classical music, a live band, and striking visuals, Bryon and his director Gina Belafonte take us on a journey through the very flawed criminal justice system, giving us an extraordinary evening of theatre.

What adds to the poignancy of Bryon’s story is that his experience in jail led to a   relationship through letters with death row inmate, Nanon Williams, who was imprisoned  at the age of 17 for a crime in did not commit.

Williams wrote Bain from Death Row after reading his story nearly a decade ago. His letters, according to Bain, changed his life and he decided it to weave Nanon’s story through his own, making this a theatre experience  that will last way after the lights go down.

‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ is presented by The Actors’ Gang at their theater located at 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, 90232. Show times are Thursdays at 8:00 pm, Fridays at 9:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00pm  The show runs until Saturday, February 25, 2017. Don’t miss it.Tickets are $34.99, Students/Seniors- $30.00 and Thursday Evenings are ‘Pay What You Can’. Tickets are available online  or by phone at 310-838-4264.


Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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