ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., and Artivism in Maine (A.I.M.e) announce the premiere of “For the Next Guy,” an uncensored true story of one Mainer’s 30 years inside the Maine State Prison system and his transition back into the “free” world. The play is written and directed by Larraine Brown, with sound and lighting by Seth Whited, and features actor David Troup. “For the Next Guy” plays at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.

Norman Kehling entered prison with a seventh grade education. He spent 30 years inside — seven of those in solitary confinement — and emerged in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree and a passion to help others caught in the prison system. All profits from the show go toward Helping Incarcerated Individuals Transition (HIIT), a newsletter and support program for inmates founded by Kehling.

David Troup plays Norman and a cast of characters, giving voice to the varied dimensions of moral injury that lead to incarceration and to the complex layers of repair that accompany freedom.

A lifetime member of the Actors Studio in New York City, Troup’s recent roles in Maine include Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Mercutio in “Ro­meo and Juliet,” both with the Camden Shakespeare Festival; and the roles of Macheath and Arturo Ui in the Everyman Repertory Theatre’s recent productions of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

This grim, funny, true story of a journey through dozens of foster homes, institutions, jails and prison to release into the “free” world is for anyone who cares about justice, has been affected by the system of incarceration, faced “impossible” choices, or had to summon the will to beat the odds. A Q & A follows the show.

Tickets are $20, available at Read more about HIIT at