Cori Thomas


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Drama, 90-minutes

A writer agrees to help an incarcerated man with his parole statement and embarks on an unexpected journey confronting her own grief.


Character List ERNIE MORRIS (African American female, 40’s)

JAMES “HAKEEM” JAMERSON (WISE)(African American male, 62)

CORRECTION OFFICER McHENRY (African American male, 20’s)

CLUE (African American male, 18-20)

Production notes:

“LOCKDOWN is capaciously compassionate...a rare night at the theater, and a valuable one." –New York Times review of Rattlestick Theatre's 2019 Off Broadway production, directed by Kent Gash


Cori Thomas

Is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Produced plays: LOCKDOWN; WHENJANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER; CITIZENS MARKET; MY SECRET LANGUAGE OF WISHES; PA’S HAT and more. Produced and Developed at: WP Theater; Rattlestick Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre; City Theater Co. Pittsburgh; The Goodman Theater; Pillsbury House Theater; Mixed Blood; Horizon’s Theater, Mosaic Theatre Co.; and others. She has won the American Theater Critics Osborn Award; Edgerton Foundation Prize; Was a 2017 runner up for The Dramatist Guild Horton Foote Playwriting Award; is a two time Theodore Ward Prize winner. Cori is the Mellon Playwright in Residence at WP Theater; and a New Dramatists Resident Playwright. She has ... [FULL BIO]

Cori Thomas QnA

The author of LOCKDOWN talks the realities of her volunteer work in prisons and how the vulnerability of the incarcerated people she met inspired her to put her own life story into the play.
Learn more about Cori’s past, who the characters in LOCKDOWN are inspired by, and more. You don’t want to miss this amazing conversation.