Prison dramas enlighten convicts
SHIJIAZHUANG — Once, twice, three times, Xu Dongguang practices his lines until he gets them just right. He want this performance to hit home.
“This is the second time I have played the leading role in a play,” Xu said. “I put my whole feeling into it.”
The play A Letter from Home moves most of the audience to tears.
But Xu is not a regular actor treading the boards for fame. He is an inmate at Luquan Prison in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.
As part of the country’s judicial reform effort, China’s prisons have introduced psychotherapy to help correct prisoner behavior and rehabilitate them.