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Theatre's Haunting Drama Deals with Imprisonment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – October 27, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College Theater department presents “After.” The play, about a wrongfully imprisoned man who is forced to re-assimilate into society after he is finally exonerated, explores justice, race, imprisonment in its many forms, and struggles with forgiveness for wrongs that cannot be undone. The production will run 7 p.m., Nov. 17-19 at the Theater on Pecan Street.

“We hope this production fosters hard conversations that will join the ongoing national conversations about race and social justice in our country.” Said Sarah S. Shaver, PPCC Theatre department chair.

An All Pikes Peak Read pick from Pikes Peak Library District, “After.” features a diverse cast of current and former PPCC students and guest artists. Several departments have assisted with the production, including Multimedia/Graphic Design, Literature, Philosophy and the Writing Center. Additionally, American Sign Language interpreting will be provided by PPCC students.

Because the production includes adult content and strong language it may not be suitable for young audiences.

About “After.”

When a wrongfully imprisoned man is exonerated by DNA evidence after seventeen years in prison, he is forced to re-assimilate into a cold, foreign world of toothbrush shopping, doggy day care, and a friendship with an anxious young woman with secrets of her own.

Following his release, Monty (played by Gabriel Espinoza-Lira) comes home to live with his nurturing and watchful sister, Liz (played by Estephany Sedas). He struggles to find his place after prison, having had his education, potential career, and youth unjustly stolen. He finds some solace in his friendship and chess games with his new boss at the doggy day care, Warren (played by local guest artist Hossein Forouzandeh), a computer-whiz stuck working in a family business he hates.

Monty’s world is brightened by his acquaintance with Susie (played by Pamela Rodriguez), whose vivacious presence masks an inner turmoil. Students Anthony Cramer and Alex Morgan round out the cast as Chap and Eddie respectively.

“After.” is written by Chad Beckim and presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


  • Monty: Gabriel Espinoza-Lira
  • Liz: Estephany Sedas
  • Susie: Pamela Rodriguez
  • Warren: Hossein Forouzandeh
  • Chap: Anthony Cramer
  • Eddie: Alex Morgan
  • Production Team:
  • Director/Producer: Sarah S. Shaver
  • Stage Manager: Ambrosia Feess-Armstrong
  • Lights/Sound: Tristan Hilleary
  • Fight Choreography: Max Ferguson
  • Poster Design: Valerie Quarles
  • Tech: Danielle Sanchez, Camille Liptak, Carmina Paner, Joey Sanchez, Candy Markum


November 17, 18 and 19, 2016

5:00 p.m. -- PPCC Playwriting students will perform readings of their original plays inspired by the themes in “After.”

7-8:30 p.m. -- Performance of “After.”

8:30 p.m. (Friday, Nov 18 only) -- Talkback with the actors, director, PPCC Philosophy department and others.


Theatre on Pecan St, formerly the Black Box Theatre, located at 1367 Pecan St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.


Free, although we are collecting toiletries and nonperishable food for Urban Peak, a local nonprofit that works with homeless youth. Contact Urban Peak for a list of their most urgent needs.



"A compassionate portrait of a man struggling with the challenges of socializing . . . and the anger he still feels for having his youth unjustly destroyed. " - The New York Times

“After.” is a keenly observed portrait of not only of adjusting to a changed world but of reconciling anger with the imperative of moving on with life... Takes you on a moving journey that sets you off thinking, in this state of all states, the permanence of the damage done the wrongfully convicted!” - Chicago Tribune

“Chad Beckham’s play “After.” is a well-researched, fascinating, carefully crafted piece of theater and he masterfully weaves in and out of this emotional pathos as we are introduced to characters that test Monty’s resolve.” - Showbiz Chicago

“After.” a hauntingly powerful work by Chad Beckim, is a subtle yet moving drama filled with unique characters struggling with personal quirks. The 90-minute drama is a haunting look at the devastating effects of imprisonment. Monty’s struggle to put things behind him and move on in life are emotionally rendered in this well-acted and finely written work!" -

About PPCC

Pikes Peak Community College is in its 48th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.


Urban Peak Contact:

Julian McGinn, Volunteer and Development Coordinator
Urban Peak Colorado Springs
(719) 630- 3223 ext. 2827