Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to help Katherine Carter and playwright Monet Hurst-Mendoza bring to life a new play called Blind Crest. Bold and brave, it explored not only the conditions of the U.S. prison system but also followed the life a prison guard who becomes romantically involved with a death row inmate. Inspired by the real life scandal, the story poses the question of whether or not people can truly change and find redemption. I had the unsexy task of playing the warden of the prison and delving into research and information about the U.S. prison system was, well, sobering. I can only hope that stories like this inspire us as a society to find a better way forward that satisfies the need for justice while also preserving human dignity. The reading was produced at Judson Memorial Church as part of their Magic Time free reading series. It was invigorating to work with such talented and forward thinking artists and I hope to see Monet’s play go on to bigger stages. Thanks to all who participated and attended!