Cluchey, Rick, 1933-


Rick Cluchey was sentenced to life in prison for robbery and kidnapping. While serving time in San Quentin State Prison, Cluchey and fellow prisoner Kenneth Whelan formed the San Quentin Drama Workshop. The prisoners used plays to call attention to the poor condition of United States prisons. Cluchey's sentence was commuted to life parole for his work with prison reform. Cluchey created the Barbwire Theater troupe with other former inmates and toured the country with performances of "The Cage" to publicize the plight of prisoners.

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