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Angel Cruz is a thirty-year-old bike messenger from NYC who has lost his best friend to a religious cult. At the opening of the play, he is in his second night of incarceration, awaiting trial for shooting the leader of that cult “in the ass." He is on his knees, alone and terrified, trying to say a prayer he no longer remembers to a God he has all but forgotten. Angel's public defender is Mary Jane Hanrahan, still relatively young but very nearly disillusioned.
At their first meeting, she mistakes Angel for another case. Wounded by her pride and Angel's sharp attacks, she mangles this initial interview and walks out. A crisis of conscience and Angel's heartfelt, persuasive arguments persuade her to champion his cause. By this time, the cult leader, Reverend Kim, has died on the operating table, and the charge against Angel is now murder. He is transferred to a special twenty-three-hour lockdown wing of protective custody.
For one hour a day, Angel experiences daylight from a cage on the Riker's Island Prison roof. His only source of human contact is the lone inmate who is also in protective custody. Lucius Jenkins, known as "The Black Plague," works out furiously in the cage next to Angel. He pauses from his workouts only to chain smoke and to "save" Angel, which will alter the course of his trial and life forever.
The Black Actors Guild
The Black Actors Guild is an open, diverse and all-original group of young actors and performers who are influencial in their communities. A Black Actor is any creative individual within the Guild with a unique talent to Produce, Teach, or Consult on original work.