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Angola Drama Club (1993)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-11-12

Duration: 00:11:40

Subjects: Louisiana State Penitentiary | Prisons | Theater


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Whitley, John Interviewee
  • Tate, Percy Interviewee
  • Tyler, Gary Interviewee
  • Jenkins, Lawrence Interviewee
  • Hardy, Deborah Interviewee


This segment from the November 12, 1993, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s profile of the Angola Drama Club, a group of inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in West Feliciana Parish who write and perform plays about their life experiences at schools in the surrounding area. She interviews: John Whitley, the warden at Angola; Percy Tate, drama club member; Gary Tyler, drama club member; Lawrence Jenkins, drama club member; and Deborah Hardy, a poet who works with the club. Host: Robert Collins