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MGT Shakespeare In Prison Blog

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To Save One

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company and author Elizabeth Dembrowsky of New York City are partnering on an experimental piece of art that bridges the gap between theatre and literature. Dembrowsky’s To Save One explores the story of an American-born woman and a Romanian-born man who meet in New York, fall in love, want to get married, but have to convince the American government to let them spend the rest of their lives together in the United States. But the story is not just about one couple, or one train of thought, or one country. It is about everyone’s love, all of our needs, and the hope that grit and hard work will eventually win out. 

The staged reading of To Save One at Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company will be performed in autumn of 2014. Various other programs and workshops related to the novel will be announced as the artistic process progresses.  

Donations towards the production of To Save One are deeply appreciated and may be made at http://www.razoo.com/story/To-Save-One#or at www.magentagiraffe.org. 

About the author: Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky serves as the Executive Director of Keren Or, Inc. (www-keren-or.org).  Her novel My Monk was published in 2009 by Heliotrope Books.  She holds a BA from Boston University and a Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, and she hopes to have her JD from Brooklyn Law School in the spring of 2014. She lives in New York City with her husband and her law books.

 

MGT Shakespeare In Prison Program

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit is thrilled to announce its Shakespeare in Prison program, which is being conducted at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, beginning in February 2012 and running continuously thereafter. This program, modeled on other successful programs of its kind, will empower inmates through theatre exercises and Shakespearean text to think creatively, re-examine decisions they’ve made, become more in touch with their emotions, and develop crucial life skills to be used both in and out of prison.

Inmates who volunteer for the Shakespeare in Prison program have worked with Shakespearean monologues and scenes in the past, and are currently working on Romeo and Juliet, experiencing the empowerment and satisfaction derived from working with this material. There is an idea that only “great actors” can do Shakespeare “right,” and that is absolutely false. Anyone can perform Shakespeare, and everyone has the right to create art as part of being a self-aware and individual human being. Participants will also be given the option of staging a full play by Shakespeare.

Similar programs have proven to be extremely effective in empowering inmates to think creatively, re-examine decisions they’ve made, get more in touch with their emotions, and develop life skills such as confidence in creative thinking and speaking in front of an audience. These programs are also very effective in building self-esteem in the prisoners, and all of  these effects have a direct impact on prisoners’ ability to become constructive members of society when they are released, or, if they are not released, excellent citizens and role models in the facility. Magenta Giraffe’s program is modeled after Shakespeare Behind Bars, the oldest program of its kind in North America. The founder and artistic director of that program, Curt Tofteland, has been advising the project’s facilitator, Executive Artistic Director Frannie Shepherd-Bates. Participants in Shakespeare Behind Bars have had only a 7% recidivism rate, as contrasted with the national rate of 67%, and Magenta Giraffe hopes to continue that trend with its own program.

Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, serves as the only prison in Michigan which houses females. The facility provides all reception center processing which includes fourteen housing units for general population prisoners in level I, II, and IV, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT), Residential Treatment Program (RTP), Acute Care, Infirmary and Detention. The Shakespeare in Prison program will be an addition to the many other programs the facility offers. Adult Basic Education and General Education Development preparation classes are offered, as well as special education services and pre-release classes.. Vocational training is offered in Auto Mechanics, Building Trades, Business Education Technology, Horticulture, and Custodial Maintenance. Prisoners have access to religious services, faith-based programs, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, family preservation programming, twelve step support meetings, and general library and law library services. Prisoners are provided on-site routine medical and dental care. Pregnant prisoners receive counseling, parenting classes, and child care options.

"We're very excited about Shakespeare In Prison coming to our facility,” says Deputy Warden of programs Karri Osterhaut.  “It is a wonderful opportunity for the female prisoner population to learn about theatre and literature, and about themselves in the process."

Shakespeare in Prison has the potential for real change in the community, helping women achieve a sense of self that can help them with their families, their community, and their personal future.

For more information about Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility, please visit www.michigan.gov/corrections.