By Joe Szek
Playwright Dan Gordon’s script has been inspired by an actual event. It is 1941, San Francisco. Inmate Willie Moore (Adam Andrews) stands trial for the murder of another inmate at Alcatraz Prison. Self assured lawyer Henry Davidson (Mark Boyko) does his best to defend his client with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions on account of the horrific treatment he received previously at the prison.
Moore was confined in solitary confinement for three years surrounded by darkness and silence and living in a cold, dank prison cell somewhere in the bowels of Alcatraz Prison as a form of punishment and retribution. When he is released, Moore is obviously a changed man, but the audience is left to wonder if something else had occurred during this initial three years. Did this action drive Moore to insanity to commit another murder, or did this stint in confinement give Moore an opportunity to plan revenge?