2010 - present
2010 - present
"29-Years For 13-Seconds: On Women, Religion, Social Services (and the Rest of that Bullshit) " is a one-act play excerpted from the memoir about Vance "Duke" Webster's conviction for a crime he witnessed (not committed) when he was a teenager. Formerly of Homeboy Industries, Duke's journey to new beginnings constantly finds him slipping while climbing. The story opens in his one-room studio apartment near USC where he shares a community bathroom with 16-other families "who don't know you're supposed to shit INSIDE the toilet," but takes you back over his 50-years of life. The story weaves through Duke's relationships with women - from his mother to his 75-year-old wife - and his failed interactions with faith-based organizations and other social service agencies.
"29-Years For 13-Seconds" is a page-to-stage production featuring African-drumming and storytelling by lead actor Billy "Issim Dark" Ramsey and Shanel Nicole Moore. Rated-R for raw language and uncensored emotions, "29-Years For 13-Seconds" explores the story behind the social injustices that disproportionately affect black men and others who, without financial resources, are forced to roll the dice and hope justice prevails in their favor. Following the performance there will be a brief talk-back with Vance.
"29-Years For 13-Seconds: On Women, Religion, Social Services
(and the Rest of that Bullshit)"
Friday, June 26, 10:00 p.m.
Stephanie Feury Theatre
5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA