April 6, 2007
Story of Lucasville Prison Riot Made Into Theatrical Production
New Play Reveals 'Untold Story' From Inmates Point of View
Jim Otte, WHIOTV.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 1993 Lucasville prison riot left 10 people dead and
became one of the longest inmate uprisings in U.S. history.
It lasted nearly two weeks and took hundreds of National Guardsmen, highway
patrol troopers and sheriff's deputies to return the prison to normal.
The story of what happened at Lucasville is about to be told from the
inmates' point of view in a new theatrical production.
"Lucasville, The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising," was published in book
form in 2004. Now, the stage version of the story will be performed around
The premier performance is scheduled for Portsmouth, just south of
Lucasville, on the anniversary of the uprising, April 11.
In an interview with WHIOTV.COM, Mike Brickner of the Amercian Civil
Liberties Union Ohio said the ACLU is supporting the performances.
Brickner said it is a compelling story that some Ohioans may not have heard
before or may be too young to remember.
Five inmates were convicted and sent to death row for their involvement in
the uprising that left one prison guard dead.
"We hope to reach a lot more people in Ohio and tell them what's going on,"
Since the riot, there has been speculation about a movie on the Lucasville
riot. Brickner said he has not heard of anything solid about a movie but
said it would be a powerful story.
Inmates convicted in the death of guard Robert Vallandingham have filed
appeals, claiming false testimony was provided by other inmates against
Source : WHIOTV.com