This documentary theater piece written and performed by a quarter of former convicts is admirable but not theatrically engaging.
None of the cast members -- Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Angel Ramos, and Casimiro Torres -- are trained actors, so that really shouldn't be held too much against them. The production even tries to compensate for this fact by having them wear microphones to be better heard, and placing their scripts on music stands in front of them, so that they don't have to worry about memorizing their text. But it is in the construction of their overlapping monologues that the show runs into trouble.
Based on interviews that Rothenberg conducted with his cast, the four narratives all follow a similar trajectory of unhappy childhoods (sometimes involving abuse), a descent into drugs and crime, one or more prison sentences, and a saving grace through their stays at The Castle. Although we're given a number of facts about these peoples' lives, we only rarely get a glimpse into their personalities or individual quirks that would make these former inmates easily relatable. We can admire the performers' courage for speaking out about their pasts, but it's difficult to get emotionally involved in their stories.