Prison Riot Play Stirs Controversy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - One of the nation's deadliest prison riots is being relived on stage.

"Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising" opens Wednesday night in Portsmouth -- just miles from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility on 14th anniversary of when the eleven-day revolt began.

The play questions the convictions of five inmates involved in the siege.

Critics say the timing and opening-night location are insulting.

The two-hour drama begins in the prison during the riots and ends in the courtrooms, where five men were sent to death row for the killings of a guard and nine inmates.

The American Civil Liberties Union will present the play in seven cities this month, including Cleveland and Columbus.

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