At 16-years old, Vance Webster witnessed a shooting. When he refused to “snitch,” he was caught between the crosshairs of a jilted girlfriend, a biased criminal system and misplaced loyalty to friends. The end result? Life in prison.
Join us at The Farm at South Mountain for this powerful performance showcasing the true story of Vance Webster’s experiences with the injustices of justice.
“Doors” open one hour before showtime at 6 PM.
Advanced tickets available for $10. Tickets day-of available for $15 at the door.
Students tickets available for $5. Students can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a discount code. Student ID’s will be checked at the door.
Snack bar will be selling snacks and beverages including wine and beer.
No outside food or drink is allowed at The Farm at South Mountain.
Please note that this play contains real, authentic adult content. It is strongly recommended that only ages 14 and up attend, however this event is all ages.
“One-Act Play Weaves Social Justice Theme To Storytelling”
LOS ANGELES – At 16-years old, Vance Webster witnessed a shooting. When he refused to “snitch,” he was caught between the crosshairs of a jilted girlfriend, a biased criminal system and misplaced loyalty to friends. The end result? Life in prison.
A one-act play, “29 Years For 13 Seconds” chronicles the life of Webster who served 29 years in prison for a 13-second crime he witnessed as a teenager. Because he refused to cooperate with the district attorney (honoring the “no-snitching code”), he was given a life sentence. The play, however, is less about his time in prison, and is mostly a snapshot of his belief that prisons are ﬁlled with “good kids” whose lives are shaped by good parents who, unfortunately, make and model bad choices.
From bad choices that have “torpedoed” his life to all his failed efforts at beginning again, “29-Years For 13-Seconds” opens with present-day Duke (Webster’s street name) seated in a one-room studio acknowledging “while Jesus saves in the eternity, prison saved me in the meantime.” The angst of the 50-year old formerly incarcerated man sharing a community bathroom with 16 other people who evidently don’t know you’re supposed to “pee inside the toilet” is palpable in the performance of Billy “Issim Dark” Ramsey, Jr. as “Duke.” Ramsey’s artistic interpretation of Webster’s journey is arresting, especially when paired with his partner-in-creativity Iris Huey who brilliantly moves between the six distinct female characters she plays.