Posted: May 2, 2012 5:36 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 2, 2012 7:11 PM
ANGOLA- Convicted murderers and armed robbers will portray the lives of Jesus and his disciples in the first ever American performance of "The Life of Jesus Christ," a play originally written by Peter Huntley.
The inmates, alongside offenders from Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, worked more than a year designing scenery, costumes, and even adapting the play.
"It gives me a better focus on what I should be like, when I constantly read and study the scripture, then to try and be like Jesus is an awesome task, because none of us are perfect, we're all sinful, and if we stay focused we can be the best people we can possibly be," said Bobby Wallace, who plays Jesus in the play.
Wallace is serving the 21st year of a 66 year sentence for armed robbery. The man who plays Judas is a convicted murder serving a life sentence.
"I was like Judas, I was a bad person, I was a thief, I was a liar, and the reason I accepted the role, nobody wanted it, but I wanted to show a different ending, a different outcome of Judas," said Levelle Tolliver. "Judas begged for mercy, but he didn't believe God forgave him of his sins, I believe God forgave me and I'm going to have to show you with my actions."
Tolliver says the play mirrors his past life in some scenes and hopes the redemptive process will spread through the audience.
"If I affect one person, I'm satisfied, my job is complete, I just want to touch one person...that's it," said Tolliver.
The play runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Angola. Gates open at 9 am and seats are $10.